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Carcillo might need knee surgery

Daniel Carcillo, Tom Gilbert

Chicago Blackhawks left wing Daniel Carcillo, left, boards Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert, receiving a game misconduct penalty, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo might need knee surgery, reports And if he does go under the knife, he might not play again this season.

“We’ll see,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville told reporters when asked if Carcillo’s surgery could be season-ending, as per ‘Hawks beat writer Tim Sassone.

Carcillo suffered his injury on the same play that earned him a seven-game suspension. On Jan. 2 at the United Center, he drove Edmonton’s Tom Gilbert into the end boards, only for Gilbert to bounce off the boards and buckle Carcillo’s knee.

Carcillo is eligible to return Jan. 18 when Chicago hosts Buffalo, but that doesn’t appear likely.

“Obviously, he’s not going to play for a bit and the best course we should know soon,” ‘Hawks GM Stan Bowman said late last week. “With injures sometimes you have to decide, is the rehab going to get it to where it needs to go or not?”