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Carcillo suspended indefinitely; Kruger suffers a setback

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The NHL suspended Daniel Carcillo indefinitely pending a hearing with the league for his hit on Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert in Monday's loss at the United Center.

As far as Carcillo's own injury status, coach Joel Quenneville didn't know too much about Carcillo's left knee injury Tueday after practice, but he did relay some discouraging news about rookie center Marcus Kruger.

Carcillo was injured when he propelled Gilbert hard into the end boards in the second period on Monday. (Watch the video of the hit here). The Hawks are awaiting MRI and other test results.

"He's still being evaluated, so we haven't heard the latest on that," Quenneville said after practice at Johnny's IceHouse West. "It's tough to say right now. We'll know better after we know more."

But the Hawks do know that they will without Carcillo after the NHL comes down on him -- again. Carcillo has a lengthy suspension history. He received a two-game ban earlier this season for a hit from behind on Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen.

Carcillo was ejected for his hit on Gilbert, who did not have the puck at the time, and a five-minute boarding penalty. Gilbert suffered a right knee injury on the play.

"You appreciate what [Carcillo] brings, his intensity," Quenneville said. "He's got some skill to complement his aggressiveness. We still want him to play with energy, but he's got a track record that doesn't help. His leash is shorter than almost every player in the league."

Quenneville said the Hawks are starting to look ahead without Carcillo, saying "we might need a player." But he said the signing of 20-year-old Andrew Shaw, who models his game after Carcillo, to his three-year, entry-level deal Tuesday had little to do with Carcillo's status. Shaw was selected with the 139th overall pick in the 2011 draft.

"I think this has been in the works for a while," Quenneville said.

Kruger concerns

Kruger also had a setback as he continues to recover from a concussion. Kruger suffered the concussion when he was hit in the head by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland on Dec. 20. He missed one game but returned to the lineup Dec. 26 only to see his symptoms return after getting roughed up by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Kruger is "not so good [Tuesday]," Quenneville said. "He was progressing there pretty good, but [Tuesday] was kind of a tough day."

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