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Will tough guy Daniel Carcillo be back next season with the Blackhawks?

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Daniel Carcillo's seven-game suspension for boarding Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert is officially over, ending after the game Sunday against the Sharks. But so is his season.

(UPDATED) Carcillo underwent surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Tuesday. He also was placed on injured reserve.

"The procedure went very well and he will begin rehabilitation [Tuesday] afternoon," team doctor Michael Terry said. "We anticipate a full recovery with him returning to competitive hockey in six months."

Although it seems like a long shot, coach Joel Quenneville didn't rule out the possibility of Carcillo being re-signed this summer. Carcillo is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season with free agency beginning July 1, just before he's expected to be completely recovered from his injury.

"We'll talk about a lot of things at the end of the year," Quenneville said. "That will be part of equation, but Danny didn't hurt himself."

Quenneville, though, doesn't think the Hawks have to compensate for his loss this season.

"We look at how we work at our team game," Quenneville said. "When we check well, all four lines are rolling and everybody's doing the same things, I think there's enough there."

Carcillo was suspended a total of 11 games this season for three offenses -- two for illegal hits this season and one for an altercation with officials from last postseason. He also was a healthy scratch once and missed six games with a concussion.

But in the 28 games he did play, Quenneville felt he did basically everything they were looking for in the offeseason, when the Hawks sought and signed more physical players. Playing primarily on the top two lines, Carcillo had two goals, 11 points, a plus-10 rating, 76 hits and team-high 82 penalty minutes.

"I thought he had a very good year," Quenneville said. "In a limited time, I thought he did a great job. He filled the job description very well. He added the toughness that we were looking for. He had some skill and complemented top players. When you look at what we were looking for in the offseason, I thought he did exactly what we were looking for."

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I really hope to see him back with the Blackhawks next year. He showed he was much more than just a physical player [can score/assist]

I really hope to see him back with the Blackhawks next year. He showed he was much more than just a physical player [can score/assist] Plus WGN/Chicago fans will miss him being on Bomb Shelter. :)

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