The NHL apparently doesn't care if Daniel Carcillo has a knee injury.
According to the Blackhawks, Carcillo's seven-game suspension for his dangerous hit on Edmonton's Tom Gilbert began on Thursday despite the injury Carcillo suffered on the play.
Hawks general manager Stan Bowman told reporters before Thursday's game with Philadelphia that Carcillo could be out long-term and that surgery on his left knee was being considered.
The length of Carcillo's suspension didn't surprise coach Joel Quenneville.
“His track record probably didn't help at all and the fact (Gilbert) got hurt,” Quenneville told reporters. “There's a fine line he's going to have to live with and we're going to have to be aware of as well.
“There's an awareness of how he has to play because his leash is very short.”
The Hawks were aware when they signed Carcillo as a free agent that he played the game on the edge of the rule book.
“We were looking for some guys to bring us some energy, to bring us some toughness and a presence and Danny did all that,” Quenneville said. “We knew going in that careless penalties or needless penalties are things we're trying to guard against. We do have some understanding that can happen. Finding that balance, and I think for the most part, he's found that balance.”
There was a lot of attention on rookie defenseman Dylan Olsen and winger Andrew Shaw, who made their NHL debuts in the 5-4 loss to the Flyers after being recalled from Rockford on Wednesday.
Olsen was the Hawks' No. 1 draft pick in 2009.
“I think I've done pretty well (at Rockford),” said Olsen, who turned 21 on Wednesday. “Been working on the little things, shooting the puck, passing, gap control, and all that. It's obviously paying off with the call-up.”
Shaw was a fifth-round pick last June, but his progress at Rockford was helped by the fact he already is 20 years old.
Shaw scored a goal and had a fight in 12:29 of ice time. Olsen played 9:48 with 3 shots, a hit and a block.
Flyers center Claude Giroux on facing the Hawks: “Anytime you think of Chicago you're going to think of them stealing the Stanley Cup from us.”
The Hawks never trailed in that 2010 Stanley Cup Final series.
The results of fan voting for the All-Star Game “starters” were announced Thursday with no Hawks among the top six.
Four of the six voted in by fans were from Ottawa, sight of the Jan. 29 game: Forwards Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek and defenseman Erik Karlsson. The other two players voted in were Boston goalie Tim Thomas and Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf.
The rest of the all-stars will be named later. Jonathan Toews finished eighth among the forwards.Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.