PHILADELPHIA -- Regardless if he's hurt or not, Daniel Carcillo's seven-game suspension apparently starts Thursday night in Philadelphia.
"We believe it starts [Thursday night]," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
The Hawks remain mum on the extent of Carcillo's injury. He hurt his left knee when he propelled Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert hard into the end boards on Monday, the same play that got him suspended.
Gilbert bounced off the boards and fell directly on Carcillo's left leg. The Oilers didn't have a chance to respond to the hit as Carcillo lay on the ice, holding his left leg in obvious pain. Carcillo, who recently missed six games with a concussion, was helped off the ice by John Scott and Jamal Mayers.
When asked, Quenneville didn't rule out surgery or that it's a long-term injury for Carcillo.
"We're still talking about the process," Quenneville said Thursday.
As far as his suspension, Quenneville said "that's the way it is" for Carcillo, who has now been suspended or fined 10 times in his career.
"His track record didn't probably help him at all or the fact that the guy got hurt," Quenneville said. "I think there is a fine line that he's going to have to watch and we're going to have to be aware of as well. He plays hard. We'll deal with it."
Quenneville said the Hawks understood the risks involved with signing a player with Carcillo's suspension history.
"We were looking for some guys to bring us some energy, to bring us some toughness and a presence," Quenneville said. "Danny did all that. The one thing that you've got to appreciate is that he plays hard and he's doing everything for his teammates and his team.
"We knew going in that careless penalties or needless penalties are things we're trying to guard against. We do have some understanding that that can happen. [It's] finding that balance, and I think for the most part, he's found that balance."
Quenneville watched NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan's video explanation of Carcillo's hit on Gilbert. Shanahan said the onus is on Carcillo "to avoid or minimize contact" and that he "finishes high and hard with his hands, using the boards as a weapon."
"I'm not arguing," Quenneville said.
According to the NHL, Carcillo will miss the following games: Jan. 5 at Philadelphia, Jan. 6 vs. Colorado, Jan. 8 vs. Detroit, Jan. 10 vs. Columbus, Jan. 12 vs. Minnesota, Jan. 14 at Detroit and Jan. 15 vs. San Jose. He will be eligible to return Jan. 18 vs. Buffalo.