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There is a new L stop opening up near the United Center

There is a new L stop opening up near the United Center

Finally!

The Chicago Transit Authority announced Thursday they will be putting an L stop right by the United Center.

This is welcome news for pretty much anybody who lives within the Chicago limits as the public transit options for getting to/from Bulls and Blackhawks games were relegated just to buses.

Now, there will be a Green Line stop at Damen and Lake, less than two blocks north of the UC. Currently, the closest train stop to the United Center is nearly a mile away.

Now for the bad news: This new Green Line stop won't be operational until the middle of 2020, according to the projection. The construction won't even begin until late 2018.

The project will be paid for by tax increment financing (TIF) and will cost roughly $50 million.

"Today, we close the transit gap and provide local residents and businesses with the new station they have been asking for," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "The new station at Damen and Lake will fill a longstanding need for better transit operations."

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Attempting to rebuild Blackhawks into a Stanley Cup contender

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Attempting to rebuild Blackhawks into a Stanley Cup contender

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish joins Pat Boyle to answer your mailbag questions. Among the questions they tackle: What was your favorite moment from the Blackhawks’ past season and were you surprised that Joel Quenneville didn’t make any changes to his coaching staff? 

They also discuss re-signing Vinnie Hinostroza, backup goalie options for Corey Crawford and who do they like in the Jets-Predators second-round series?

Plus, Burish looks at the Penguins roster and sees some similarities to the Blackhawks’ situation and attempts to rebuild a Stanley Cup contender.

Listen to the full podcast right here:

Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?

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Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?

The NHL announced their final jersey sales from the 2017-18 regular season, and there's a new name at No. 1.

Reigning Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews edged out last season's winner Sidney Crosby as the top-selling jersey after finishing fourth in 2016-17.

The Blackhawks may have missed the playoffs for the first time since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were rookies, but that's not stopping fans from purchasing their merchandise.

Each of them stayed inside the top 10, although it's a drop-off from a year ago when Kane was second and Toews was third.

Here what the rest of the Top 15 looked like: