By Ben Meyer-Abbott
The Blackhawks signed forward Daniel Carcillo to a two-year contract, the team announced Monday morning. It's worth a reported $825,000 per season.
"I'm excited," Carcillo said. "It was obviously my goal to have a great year here and that really didn't pan out with my [knee] injury. It was out of my control. But I'm the happiest guy in the Chicago to be able to come back for another two years."
Carcillo is currently out for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. But the Hawks apparently aren't overly concerned with it. General manager Stan Bowman approached Carcillo about a new deal recently, and Carcillo said it got done in a day or two.
"I was a little surprised just at the timing of it," Carcillo said.
Carcillo suffered the injury Jan. 2 when he checked the Edmonton Oilers' Tom Gilbert from behind and the defenseman fell on his leg. He had season-ending surgery on Jan. 17.
"I'm right on schedule [with my rehabilitation]," Carcillo said. "Getting back from injury like this isn't going to be easy. It's going to take me a while. But they showed a sign of faith. A guy like me you usually don't get that security or that sort of gesture. So it's really nice and feels really good."
The mercurial forward also was suspended seven games for the illegal hit. It was his second suspension this season for a hit from behind. Carcillo was also suspended for his Oct. 28 hit on the Carolina Hurricanes' Joni Pitkanen.
The 26-year-old forward got off to a fast start on the Hawks second line this season before slumping after his suspension for the hit on Pitkanen. He compiled 11 points (two goals, nine assists) and was plus-10 in 28 games.
Carcillo was also suspended for the first two games of the season, which stemmed from an off-ice incident with a referee as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers during the playoffs last season.