Daniel Carcillo didnt get a full season to show the Chicago Blackhawks what he can do. But coach Joel Quenneville liked what he saw in that brief time.
Carcillo underwent successful surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee today, ending his 2011-12 season. Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement that the surgery went well and that Carcillo will being rehabilitation today, adding that we anticipate a full recovery with him returning to competitive hockey in six months.
It was a tough end for Carcillo, who signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks last summer and played in just 28 games this season. He had two goals and nine assists in those games. The Blackhawks wanted some aggressiveness, some sandpaper back in their game, and Quenneville said Carcillo supplied that.
In his limited time, I thought he did a great job, Quenneville said this past weekend. He fulfilled the job description very well. He provided toughness were looking for, did exactly what were looking for.
As for Carcillo returning next season, Quenneville said, well talk about a lot of things, but Danny didnt hurt himself.
There were times when he was very good, playing a strong role on the Blackhawks second line with Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa to start the season. He also struggled at some points, and was a healthy scratch toward the end of the Blackhawks circus trip.
Carcillo missed other games due to his own actions. He was suspended a total of 11 games this season: two to start the season, two for a hit on Joni Pitakanen in Carolina and seven for the hit on Edmontons Tom Gilbert at the start of January. That final hit is what also caused Carcillos injury.
Will the Blackhawks re-sign Carcillo this offseason? Time will tell, but his coach didnt mind his game.
The Blackhawks' coaching staff will be intact for the 2016-17 season.
Two weeks after Patrick Roy abruptly resigned as head coach, the Colorado Avalanche officially picked Jared Bednar to be his replacement over Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen, who was among the favorites for the coaching vacancy.
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Bednar has no National Hockey League coaching experience, but did guide the Columbus Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate to a 15-2 postseason record last season en route to the franchise's first Calder Cup championship.
Retaining Dineen is good news for the Blackhawks, who start training camp next month, but it goes without saying that Dineen is certainly deserving of a second crack at a head coaching position in the near future.
Dineen, Mike Kitchen and head coach Joel Quenneville will enter their third season together after helping the Blackhawks capture a Stanley Cup in their first year as a group in 2015.
Jonathan Toews was named alternate captain of Team Canada on Thursday for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
Sidney Crosby was named Team Canada’s captain. Crosby, who claimed his second Stanley Cup in June, was also Team Canada’s captain en route to the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
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Toews, who has been the Blackhawks’ captain since the 2008-09 season, was also alternate captain of Canada’s 2014 Olympic squad. Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens will serve as Team Canada’s other alternate captain.
Duncan Keith will not be part of the Blackhawks’ World Cup of Hockey contingent after all.
Keith will focus on improving his health rather than play for Team Canada in the tournament, which takes place next month in Toronto. The Blackhawks released a statement regarding Keith on Wednesday afternoon.
"As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month’s World Cup of Hockey," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in the statement. "We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury."
Keith had surgery on that knee last October and was sidelined about one month.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will take Keith’s place.