Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Have Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad found their scoring mojo?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Have Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad found their scoring mojo?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss the Blackhawks' first half of the season. Are the Blackhawks what their record says, a non-playoff team, or are they a playoff team that has under achieved?

The guys also weigh in on Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad’s resurgence and whether Anton Forsberg has proved that he should see a bulk of the time in net until Corey Crawford returns.

Plus, Burish gives us a scouting report on Jordan Oesterle, his biggest area of concern for the Blackhawks and he makes a bold prediction on the second half of the season.

White Sox receive relievers Luis Avilan, Joakim Soria as part of three-team deal

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White Sox receive relievers Luis Avilan, Joakim Soria as part of three-team deal

The White Sox announced Thursday that they have acquired relievers Luis Avilan and Joakim Soria as part of a three-team deal with the Royals and Dodgers. The White Sox also received cash considerations in the trade.

Avilan, 28, appeared in 61 games for the Dodgers last season, sporting a 2.93 ERA in 46.0 innings. The left-hander held lefties to a .195/.280/.571 slash in 2017. He dealt with shoulder discomfort late in the regular season and was left off both the NLDS and NLCS roster.

Soria went 4-3 with a 3.70 ERA in 59 appearances with the Royals last season. Soria was an All-Star with the Royals in 2008 and 2010 and has appeared in the postseason with Detroit (2014) and Pittsburgh (2015). Soria, 33, has $9 million left on a three-year contract that expires in 2018. There is a team option for 2019 worth $10 million with a $1 million buyout.

The White Sox gave up infielder Jake Peter in the deal. Last season Peter, 24, batted .279 with 13 homers and 49 RBIs in Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.

High School Lites Podcast: Why Conant and Frank Lenti made the holidays memorable

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High School Lites Podcast: Why Conant and Frank Lenti made the holidays memorable

It was pretty clear who got the best presents this holiday season — Conant, St. Rita, Orr, Morgan Park were among the flurry of holiday basketball tournament winners. They received shiny new first place trophies for their hallway case.

But for others, especially Mount Carmel’s head football coach Frank Lenti, the news wasn’t as good. The 11-time state champion coach was relieved of his duties last week. Was Coach Lenti treated fairly by Mount Carmel? Can Jordan Lynch take the Caravan back to state?

Joe Collins and Scott Phillips answer that question with “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran. The panel also catches up with Conant head basketball coach Jim Maley, whose Cougars were victorious at York’s Jack Tosh Holiday Classic in large part due to talented big man Ryan Davis.

Listen to the full podcast here: