Bowman, Hawks react to Carcillo suspension

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Bowman, Hawks react to Carcillo suspension

Updated: Thursday, Jan. 5, 6:31 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA -- The NHL handed down its suspension for Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo on Wednesday night. Now the Blackhawks will have to deal with his absence for a while with suspension and also with injury.

The Blackhawks made their return to Philadelphia minus Carcillo, who was suspended seven games for his hit on Edmonton defenseman Tom Gilbert on Monday. The suspension starts today for Carcillo, who also suffered an apparent left-knee injury on that hit.

General manager Stan Bowman said the Blackhawks are still looking at options with Carcillos injury.

Obviously hes not going to play for a little bit. With injuries you have to decide, is rehab going to get it to where it needs to go or not? said Bowman, who added surgery could be another option. Were not there yet.

Coach Joel Quenneville said he saw Brendan Shanahans video explanation of the suspension and does not argue it.

Thats the way it is with it, said Quenneville. His track record probably didnt help him at all and the fact a guy got hurt, theres a fine line he has to watch and we have to be aware of as well. He plays hard and well deal with it.

This is the 10th time Carcillo has been fined or suspended in his NHL career. Hes already served two suspensions this season; his last one was a two-game hiatus after his hit on Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen.

Its a fast game on the ice; things happen. Neither of those plays was there intent to injure players, Bowman said. Weve seen some other suspensions where guys are trying to get back at guys, elbows to the head, those kinds of things. If those happened, wed have to focus on that. From that perspective, these things happen and thats why Brendan is a busy guy.

The league has been busy with suspensions this season; Carcillo is the latest. But the Blackhawks will deal with it.

Its tough to see that happening around the league. I know it was a counter hit, but thats the way the league looks at it, Bryan Bickell said. Its tough to see what happened to him and what happened with the suspension. But we have to look past that and move on.

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Michal Kempny was in and out of the Blackhawks lineup last season but he’ll likely get a bigger opportunity this coming season. On Saturday, he was assured of coming back to get that chance.

Kempny and the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year extension, the team announced on Saturday morning.

“Michal’s style of play is an asset to our defense,” general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He is the type of player who will continue to improve now that he has transitioned to the National Hockey League. We look forward to his continued development on the ice for the Blackhawks.”

Kempny was part of a very crowded blue line last season — he was one of eight defensemen at the start of it — and played 50 regular-season games. He recorded two goals and six assists in those contests but did not play in the Blackhawks’ four postseason contests. With Johnny Oduya and Brian Campbell likely not returning, however, Kempny should get a bigger opportunity this season.

The 26-year-old Kempny also had two goals and an assist in eight games for the Czech Republic team at the 2017 World Championship.

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

With exactly a month to go until Chicago hosts the 2017 NHL Draft for the first time ever, the Blackhawks and league announced Wednesday their plans for Fan Fest held outside the United Center on June 23 and 24.

A handful of Blackhawks players and alumni will be in attendance and made available for photo opportunities, as will the Stanley Cup. Fans will also be able to explore the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, "a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall," according to the press release.

A full list of activities, special guest appearances and schedule will be posted at a later date.

Friday's events will run from 3 to 9 p.m. while Saturday's festivites will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Parking Lot C, north of the United Center.

Additional passes for the weekend will be made available to the public starting June 9. For more information, visit chicagoblackhawks.com/fanfest.