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Word on the Street: Scott: 'I'll kick the - out of him'

Word on the Street: Scott: 'I'll kick the - out of him'

Thursday, March 31, 2011
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Scott on Thornton: 'I'll kick the (bleep) out of him'

Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins received approximately 40 stitches above his eye following Tuesday's win over the Blackhawks. After the game, he labeled the Hawks as a "team that will chirp a lot." The Hawks' John Scott, apparently, took offense.
"He said that? That's fine. He can say what he wants," Scott said. "He's going after some of our littlest guys on our team to start a fight.""He's Mr. Tough Guy and he's trying to challenge Pisani. If I'm in the lineup, he's more than welcome to come chirp at me. I'll kick the (bleep) out of him." (CSNChicago.com)Sox over the Tigers in the AL Central - barely

In the AL Central section of the Chicago Tribune's 2011 baseball predictions, Phil Rogers has the White Sox finishing one game ahead of the Tigers for the division title. Meanwhile, he predicts the Twins will fall back to third place with an 86-76 record, followed by the Royals and Indians - both of whom he predicts to finish with 90-plus losses. (Chicago Tribune)
Barney to start on opening dayDarwin Barney, not Jeff Baker or Blake DeWitt, will get the opening day nod at second base, Mike Quade said Thursday. Quade said that both Baker and Barney had great springs and that Baker would likely start on Saturday against the lefty starting pitcher for the Pirates. (CSNChicago.com)Cubs to finish 3rd in 2011?

Dave van Dyck, reporter for the Chicago Tribune, laid out his predictions for the Cubs' 2011 season on Thursday. He picked the Cubs to finish third, with a record of 84-78, behind the Reds and the Cardinals. He picked the Brewers, who added top starters Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum to go along with Yovani Gallardo and an already-talented offense, to finish fourth. (Chicago Tribune)

Ozzie still hates Wrigley

It's an old story, Ozzie Guillen is not a fan of Wrigley Field, but today it has a new chapter. This time Guillen tweeted that Winston-Salem stadium, the Sox class-A ballpark, is nicer than the Friendly Confines.

"People in Chicago are going nuts right now; but it is, it's true," said Guillen. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Blackhawks sign Hayes

The Blackhawks signed forward Jimmy Hayes to a three-year deal on Wednesday. Hayes, who was selected by the Maple Leafs with the 60th pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and then traded to the Blackhawks in July 2010, will forego his senior year at Boston College to join the Blackhawks. His begins at the start of the 2011-2012 season. (HockeyJournal.com)

Cubs Talk Podcast: 2017 season obituary and previewing an interesting winter for Cubs

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Cubs Talk Podcast: 2017 season obituary and previewing an interesting winter for Cubs

In the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Kelly Crull, Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki close the book on the 2017 season following Theo Epstein’s press conference, looking back at what will go down as the craziest calendar year in Cubs history from last November through the team’s loss in the NLCS this October.

Moving forward, where do guys like Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora Jr., Justin Wilson and Mike Montgomery fit? Will the Cubs re-sign Wade Davis or go after another proven closer? And how worried should fans be about the offense that completely disappeared in the postseason?

Take a listen below:

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks visit Niklas Hjalmarsson, Coyotes

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks visit Niklas Hjalmarsson, Coyotes

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Arizona Coyotes Saturday night on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Niklas Hjalmarsson's new home.

Brace yourselves, Chicago. It's going to be a weird site seeing Hjalmarsson in a different sweater other than the Blackhawks, where he spent his first 10 NHL seasons and won three Stanley Cups.

Now he serves as an alternate captain and blue-line anchor for the Coyotes, who are the only team still seeking its first win of the season. You know they'll be hungry to snap that skid, especially when there's extra motivation for a player on their team facing a bunch of old friends.

2. Connor Murphy returns to Arizona, too.

The man Hjalmarsson was traded for will also be returning to a place he called home for four years. Murphy's role with the Coyotes increased every year before he was dealt to the Blackhawks as part of a shake-up for both teams, so you know he's going to play with something to prove.

Murphy is a physical defenseman, and has laid several notable big hits this season. His former teammates surely know it, and may want to keep their heads up.

3. Patrick Kane 2.0?

Ever since he was drafted with the No. 7 overall pick in 2016, Clayton Keller has drawn comparisons to Kane. They're both undersized, offensive playmakers, possess supreme stick-handling abilities and are American-born players.

Keller got a brief taste of NHL action last year, but he's secured a full-time spot with the Coyotes this season and has been arguably their best player so far.

The 19-year-old forward paces all rookies with five goals and ranks second with seven points, and leads the Coyotes in both categories. Expect to see his name as a finalist for the Calder Trophy for the league's top rookie at the end of the season.