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Brandon Saad to be next featured guest on Inside Look

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Brandon Saad to be next featured guest on Inside Look

“Inside Look presented by Cadillac,” hosted by CSN’s Pat Boyle and featuring Brandon Saad to debut Monday, August 14 at 7:00 PM CT

CSN live stream available on CSNChicago.com/WatchLive  or via the NBC Sports app

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of ‘Inside Look,’ including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (August 10, 2017) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac

Debuting Monday, August 14 at 7:00 PM CT, CSN’s Pat Boyle hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with two-time Stanley Cup champion/2016 NHL All-Star/returning Blackhawks fan favorite BRANDON SAAD.  NOTE: Live stream of this program will also be available at CSNChicago.com/WatchLive or via the NBC Sports app to authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers. 

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Saad was drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (43rd) and quickly made his presence known in his rookie season (the 2013 Blackhawks Stanley Cup title year) by finishing third overall in the Calder Memorial Trophy rookie of the year voting.  Following the team’s 2015 Stanley Cup championship, Saad was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. In two seasons with Columbus, Saad racked up 55 goals and 106 points and earned his first All-Star appearance in ’16.  The great news for Blackhawks fans: the versatile left winger will be returning to Chicago this season with huge aspirations of winning his third Stanley Cup title. 

In this edition of “Inside Look,” Saad discusses everything from growing up in Pittsburgh and his early years involved in youth hockey, his transition from playing in the juniors to the NHL, being traded to Columbus/being traded back to Chicago, his favorite nickname, and much more.  

In addition, viewers are urged to check out CSN’s website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV.  Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on CSN.  CSN will also re-air Inside Look with Brandon Saad on the following dates/times: Tue, Aug. 15 at 11:00 PM - Wed, Aug. 16 at 4:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Fri, Aug. 18 at NOON - Sun, Aug. 20 at 3:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Thu, Aug. 24 at 4:00 PM (on CSN+HD) - Fri, Aug. 25 at 6:00 AM (on CSN+HD) - Sat, Aug. 26 at 1:00 AM PM (on CSN+HD) & Thu, Aug. 31 at 6:00 AM (on CSN+HD). (Schedule subject to change)

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Brandon Saad presented by Cadillac premiering Monday, August 14 at 7:00 PM on CSN:

Saad on being traded to Columbus following the team’s 2015 Stanley Cup Championship:

“Coming off a cup win you have that relationship with all the players, it's my first time getting traded, so that's all new for me, you see the business side of it quickly, and it's bitter at first, it's tough... you just have to move on and as you move on you realize it's a business and it's just part of the game

Saad on being traded back to the Blackhawks this summer:

"I was shocked at first. You get the phone call, you don't expect anything and then you hear you're traded…not only traded, but traded back to Chicago.  It was shocking, but going back to a familiar place and a place where I had success, it was just pure excitement after that.”

Saad on his favorite nickname:

"The one that sticks out is ‘SaadFather.’ When I first heard that, it was pretty funny…they're all good though. I can't remember what came from what person but they're all pretty funny and special to me.”

Lance Bouma's second chance has meant steady work with Blackhawks

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Lance Bouma's second chance has meant steady work with Blackhawks

Lance Bouma took his place at fourth-line left wing as the Blackhawks rolled their forward rushes on Tuesday morning. As the Blackhawks have tinkered with their trios, Bouma, whose final two seasons with the Calgary Flames were filled with uncertainty, has found a consistent role in this lineup.

“Obviously I was brought here for a reason,” Bouma said. “Things didn’t go the way I wanted them to in Calgary. To come here to Chicago and have that role, it’s been a lot of fun so far.”

The Blackhawks knew what they wanted from Bouma and his fellow fourth liners: some physical play, some energy and if there are any scoring opportunities, bonus. It’s a second chance for Bouma, whose contract was terminated by the Flames on June 30.

“I think it’s definitely a motivator knowing that you get in that situation where all of a sudden, ‘OK, I have to almost start over again and I have to prove to a new team that I belong in this league and I can play,’” coach Joel Quenneville said on Tuesday. “There are always circumstances where teams make decisions like that. We’ve been a part of it. And moving forward as a player, you’ve gotta look at it as a fresh opportunity. It’s an opportunity to get back to playing your game.”

After recording 16 goals and 18 assists in the 2014-15 season, Bouma signed a three-year, $6.6 million deal with the Flames. The next two seasons didn’t go as planned as Bouma dealt with injuries, inconsistent play and healthy scratches. So getting that call from the Blackhawks was a huge lift.

“I was just looking forward to a fresh start and something new,” he said. “I just was ready to come into camp and have a great season and it’s been great so far.”

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Tommy Wingels, who has centered the Blackhawks’ fourth line the last several games – and will again vs. St. Louis on Wednesday – said Bouma looks “refreshed” this season.

“Obviously whether it’s a team doesn’t want to bring you back or it’s a trade or buyout, there’s certainly something that deep down gets you going,” Wingels said. “I think it was a good summer for him mentally to come to a new organization, come to a new group of guys and re-establish his game. It’s tough when you’re with the same coaches, same team for so long; maybe what you do gets taken for granted. He looks good and he’s skating really well and I think he moves really well for a big man. He’s strong on the pucks and he’s a good asset for us.

Bouma isn’t here to be a top-six player. He’s not here to fulfill a contract that he no longer has. The Blackhawks needed depth, energy and a physical presence and in brining that, Bouma has earned steady work.  

“We knew the player coming in that we wanted him to play that style and he’s done a good job of it, too,” Quenneville said of Bouma. “So it’s something we were looking for in our needs and it fit perfectly."

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Tracey Myers and Pat Boyle discuss Nick Schmaltz returning to the Blackhawks line-up on Wednesday night and which player is looking forward most to his return?

They also weigh in on Corey Crawford’s incredible start to the season and why he’s the major reason why the Hawks begin the week in first place in the Central.

They also discuss who is the biggest Hawks rivalry right now, which new defenseman has impressed the most and how is Connor Murphy dealing with being a healthy scratch at times this season?

Plus, they discuss someone other than Nick Schmaltz returning to work on Wednesday night.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below: