Carcillo to miss 'some time' with lower-body injury

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Carcillo to miss 'some time' with lower-body injury

LOS ANGELES Daniel Carcillo was probably counting the minutes until the Blackhawks regular-season schedule began again. It had been a long year for the forward, who underwent season-ending left knee surgery on Jan. 17 of last year.

Unfortunately, Carcillos return may have been short lived.

Carcillo is going to miss some time, coach Joel Queneville said, after suffering a lower-body injury possibly to his right knee in the Blackhawks 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. It was a tough blow for Carcillo, who had been cleared from his left knee injury in the fall and was ready to start again this season.

Replays showed Carcillo got tangled up with Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, and his right knee got pinned along the boards.

Dannys going to miss some time here. Well know more of the time frame tomorrow, said Quenneville, who had talked all week on how depth was going to be important for the Blackhawks this season. Thats hockey and thats exactly what were talking about. Weve got six (games) in nine days here, so its a busy road schedule right off the bat. And I thought Danny played a heck of a game, too.

However long Carcillo is sidelined, its an opportunity for someone else. Asked if this is a chance for Brandon Saad, who made the Blackhawks roster out of camp again, Quenneville said, likely.

Carcillo spent the brief training camp on the Blackhawks top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, and he was there today against the Kings. He had the primary assist on Hossas first goal, which gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead at the time.

Carcillo talked about his long road to recovery made longer by the lockout earlier this week.

I used (the time) to make changes in my life and its been good, he said. When you have an injury like that, you just focus on yourself a lot more, you know? Im just glad to be back around the guys and be in this environment again.

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.