Big Moves Bring Big Hope For Chicago Baseball – Yahoo Sports

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Blackhawks send Morin to Blue Jackets for Erixon – Hometownstations.com-WLIO- Lima, OH News Weather Sports

Both teams have made sweeping changes after 73-win seasons and sent enthusiasm soaring. The Cubs brought in one of the game’s best managers in Joe Maddon in October and landed top starter Jon Lester with a six-year, $155 million deal during baseball’s winter meetings this month. In the process they made it clear that they are serious about bringing home a championship. The White Sox, not to be outdone, added a front-line starter who grew up rooting for them in Jeff Samardzija and closer David Robertson to a pitching staff that already includes All-Star Chris Sale. They gave their lineup a boost, too, bringing in Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche to help support AL Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu. ”I loved every move they have made this off-season,” said Craig Coleman of Chicago, a White Sox fan since the late 1970s. There’s hope that his favorite team is poised to make a move after enduring 188 losses the past two years and that the Cubs are ready to put five straight losing seasons behind them, not to mention a certain title drought. The last time they won it all in 1908, Teddy Roosevelt was in the White House. But with the revamped roster and Wrigley Field finally getting its makeover after years of wrangling with the city and neighboring rooftop owners, the team’s fans might have to do a double take once the baseball caps replace the hard hats. Besides the different faces on the field, they will see new, expanded bleacher sections in left and right field along with video boards and outfield signs. It’s the first phase of a four-year, $575 million that will overhaul a stadium that just completed its 100th season and bring a hotel to the neighborhood. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/big-moves-bring-big-hope-chicago-baseball-170242978–mlb.html

Blackhawks’ goofy retro workout commercial earns our all-star vote | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

“I’m good to go. … I’m going to play [Saturday].” The Blackhawks went 7-1-0 in Crawford’s absence. Goaltenders Antti Raanta and Scott Darling each started four games during that span and combined for a .947 save percentage in the eight games. Darling was reassigned to Chicago’s AHL affiliate on Tuesday, and Raanta will back up Crawford on Saturday. “I think we’ve been very fortunate with the consistency of our goaltenders this year no matter who has been in net,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Friday. “Game in, game out, getting the job done. [Crawford] looked good today in practice. He’s been pushing it to get in here. Give him a chance to get in here before the holiday.” Crawford was off to the best start of any of his NHL seasons prior to the injury. He ranks fourth in the NHL in goals-against average and seventh in save percentage. He wasn’t concerned about getting back to that level. source: http://espn.go.com/chicago/nhl/story/_/id/12053117/chicago-blackhawks-corey-crawford-return-saturday-8-games

Say, were you on the fence about casting an NHL All-Star Game ballot for Jonathan Toews ? Perhaps youre worried he cant rock a headband. Or pump iron. Perhaps youre concerned about him not being the Canadian dream. Well, the Chicago Blackhawks are about to knock your backside off that fence. Because its time to Exercise Your Right To Vote! (Well, clearly someone inside the Blackhawks video team is a Tim and Eric fan) The Blackhawks debuted the first in what we assume is a series of kitschy player-centric videos that feature headbands, tanktops, pastel colors and a 1980s aesthetic. View gallery . And if youve ever wanted to see a super-intense Patrick Kane in aerobics gear on a step machine winking at you, merry Christmas. View gallery . source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/blackhawks–goofy-retro-workout-commercial-earns-our-all-star-vote-222118818.html

Chicago Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford to return Saturday after 8 games – ESPN Chicago

The 23-year-old Morin has eight goals and eight assists in 54 career regular-season games, all with Chicago. He also played in two postseason games in May. Erixon, 23, had one goal and five assists in 19 games with Columbus this season. He scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 26 at Los Angeles. The Blackhawks lost rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to a broken left kneecap last month. They reassigned defenseman Klas Dahlbeck to Rockford on Sunday. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. source: http://www.hometownstations.com/story/27625733/blackhawks-send-morin-to-blue-jackets-for-erixon

 

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