Daniel Carcillo has knee surgery

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo faces a six-month recovery after undergoing knee surgery, the team announced on Tuesday.

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

Carcillo was injured on Jan. 2 when he checked Edmonton Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert into the end boards. Carcillo was called for boarding, ejected from the game and given a seven-game suspension for the hit. He finished serving the suspension on Sunday and was placed on injured reserve Tuesday morning.

The Blackhawks recalled forward Ben Smith from Rockford of the AHL to take Carcillo's place on the roster.

Carcillo signed a one-year, $775,000 contract with the Blackhawks on July 1. He had two goals and nine assists before his season-ending injury.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com.