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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Are the Blackhawks buyers or sellers?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Are the Blackhawks buyers or sellers?

Charlie Roumeliotis, Scott King, and Ben Pope join Leila on the panel.

0:00- The Blackhawks return home after two weeks on the road. Did they return to Chicago as trade deadline sellers? And what are the chances both goalies could be dealt by Monday?

12:00- Pat Boyle joins the panel. He gives his thoughts on the Blackhawks trade deadline plans.

14:30- David Ross says the Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo could hit 1-2 in the Cubs lineup in 2020. Will that solve their leadoff woes?

19:00- The Astros controversy just won't go away. The panel discusses.

21:00- The NFL reportedly wants to expand the playoffs to 14 teams and go to a 17 game regular season. Is this a good idea?

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Blackhawks re-sign Matthew Highmore, Kevin Lankinen and agree to terms with two prospects

Blackhawks re-sign Matthew Highmore, Kevin Lankinen and agree to terms with two prospects

The Blackhawks announced Thursday they have re-signed pending restricted free agent forward Matthew Highmore and goaltender Kevin Lankinen and agreed to terms with forward prospects Evan Barratt and Andrei Altybarmakyan on entry-level contracts.

Highmore's deal is for two years that runs through the 2021-22 season and carries a $725,000 average annual value (AAV). Lankinen's deal is also for two years that runs through the 2021-22 campaign and carries a $800,000 AAV.

Barratt's deal is for three years that runs through the 2022-23 season and carries an $870,000 AAV while Altybarmakyan's is a two-year deal that runs through the 2021-22 campaign and carries a $817,500 AAV.

Highmore has six points (two goals, four assists) in 36 games with the Blackhawks this season, and registered 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 21 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Lankinen went 8-10-2 with a 3.03 goals-against average and .909 save percentage for Rockford before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery on March 2.

Barratt, who was drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round (No. 90 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, is the most notable signing. He registered a team-high 12 goals and 22 assists for 34 points in 34 games during his junior season at Penn State, and was also a Hobey Baker nominee in 2019 after setting career-highs in goals (16), assists (27) and points (43) as a sophomore.

Altybarmakyan was also taken in the third round (No. 70 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft. He registered career highs in goals (six), assists (11) and points (17) in 49 games this season for HK Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League, and appeared in three games for HK Tambov of the VHL.

With the re-signing of Highmore and Lankinen, the Blackhawks now have nine pending restricted free agents, which most notably includes Drake Caggiula, Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Strome.

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Hawks Rewind: Blackhawks get off to a good start in San Jose

Hawks Rewind: Blackhawks get off to a good start in San Jose

New day, new Hawks Rewind, new series. Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago you can re-watch the 2010 Blackhawks inch closer to their first Stanley Cup in 49 years when they take on the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the 2010 Western Conference Final.

The Hawks had just clinched in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Vancouver Canucks in a 5-1 blowout. 

Now, heading into San Jose to open the series, there was even more at stake with the winner going to the big dance for the Cup.

Dustin Byfuglien and Patrick Sharp continued their fabulous postseason performances for Chicago.

After trailing 1-0 off a Jason Demers first-period power-play goal, Sharp tied it 1-1 at 7:44 of the second period. Duncan Keith and Troy Brouwer assisted on the goal.

Then, Byfuglien put the Blackhawks ahead at 13:15 of the third period for the 2-1 final score. 

Antti Niemi made 44 saves in his first contest against the Sharks. The Hawks goalie helped Chicago kill four of five power plays including a San Jose 6-on-4 in the final minute.

The victory ended a streak of four straight series-opening losses for the Blackhawks.

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