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League, union to meet once more in 2012

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League, union to meet once more in 2012

The NHLPA spent this weekend going over and getting more information and clarification on -- the proposal the league sent them on Thursday. Now the two sides will get together again and talk.

The NHL and NHLPA will meet on Monday in New York, as they look to find common ground on a new collective bargaining agreement and end the lockout. When, exactly, the two sides will meet is not known yet.

The league presented the players association with a new proposal last Thursday, a 288-page document that the NHLPA spent the weekend perusing. Now its time for the two sides to talk; it will be the first time the league and PA have met since mid-December, when a second attempt to use federal mediators yielded as much as their first attempt: zip.

But now, time is truly of the essence. If theres going to be hockey the league wants no less than a 48-game season, and that would have to start by mid-January.

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:

Eddie Olczyk expected to return to the booth this week

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Eddie Olczyk expected to return to the booth this week

Eddie Olczyk will return to the broadcast booth for Wednesday's Blackhawks-Blues game, according to USA Today's Kevin Allen

The news comes six weeks after the Chicago legend began chemotherapy for colon cancer. And although he made a brief, emotional return on Oct. 7 -- putting on the headset to join Pat Foley for a moment during intermission -- he will provide color commentary for the entire game on Wednesday. He'll call the rivalry matchup alongside Doc Emrick on NBCSN. 

Olczyk, who grew up in Palos Heights and attended Brother Rice, will take the mic again the following night as the Blackhawks welcome the Edmonton Oilers to the United Center. As for the rest of the season, he plans to work when his health allows. 

“We have some dates that we have highlighted and hopefully I will be strong to do the job,” Olczyk told USA Today. “If I am not feeling good, I just have to be honest with everyone and tell them I can’t do it.”

It'll be nice to see Edzo back at work, providing dynamite analysis and passing along tips to all those young hockey players out there.