CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 02: Daniel Carcillo #13 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Tom Gilbert #77 of the Edmonton Oilers fall to ice after Carcillo boarded Gilbert in the second period at the United Center on January 2, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Dan Carcillo Out For Season After 7-Game Suspension, Knee Injury Occur On Same Play

Dan Carcillo was suspended seven games for his hit on Tom Gilbert. The price went up on Friday, as Carcillo learned he'd miss the rest of the season following ACL surgery to repair damage suffered on the play.

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Dan Carcillo Injury: Knee Surgery To Keep Blackhawks Forward Out For Remainder Of Season

Dan Carcillo probably regrets that hit on Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert. Not only did the Chicago Blackhawks forward see a seven-game suspension for the nasty hit, but he also screwed up his knee in the process. As a result, he'll be out for the remainder of the season. The statement via the team:

"Daniel Carcillo will undergo anterior cruciate ligament reconstructive surgery on Tuesday, Jan. 17. This decision was made today after much evaluation and consideration of various options. We anticipate a full return in six months."

Six months will put Carcillo back on the ice in mid-July, well into the offseason. He should be ready for next season, but man, this is a cruel irony to suffer for a very nasty, suspendable hit. It was his second awful boarding infraction of the season, and he's definitely paying the price.

Meanwhile, Gilbert is paying the price as well. He's yet to play since taking the hit from Carcillo on January 2.

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Dan Carcillo Suspended 7 Games For Tom Gilbert Hit

Dan Carcillo has been suspended seven games for his hit on Tom Gilbert, something we all probably expected the second Dan Carcillo hit Tom Gilbert on Monday night. He'll miss a reunion on Thursday night with his old Philadelphia Flyers teammates, and will finish out his suspension on January 15 vs. San Jose.

He won't be eligible to return to the Chicago lineup until January 18.

As Brendan Shanahan notes in is video, Carcillo is allowed slight body contact when battling for a 50-50 puck in that situation, but to launch Gilbert into the boards with such force before Gilbert had touched the puck is illegal. It's boarding, and given that Carcillo was suspended for boarding already this season, it was acceptable to suspend him for such a long period of time.

Carcillo is a repeat offender, and as such, not only did Shanahan throw the book at him, but the Blackhawk also loses more money. He'll lose over $66,000 in salary, and that forfeiture is based on number of games in the schedule, not number of days in the season as typical.

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