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Brent Seabrook out again when Blackhawks host Stars

Brent Seabrook out again when Blackhawks host Stars

Brent Seabrook will miss his second consecutive game when the Blackhawks face the Dallas Stars on Sunday night at the United Center.

The defenseman returned to practice on Saturday, but coach Joel Quenneville wanted to see how Seabrook was feeling on Sunday morning before making the decision. While Seabrook is close, he’s not quite ready. He could be ready, however, for Tuesday night’s game against the New York Rangers.

“I hope so,” Seabrook said. “Yeah, talk to the doctors again tonight and go over that stuff and do what I need to do to get cleared, and hopefully I’m ready to roll in New York and try to get back in the lineup and help these guys out.”

Jonathan Toews (back) skated on Sunday morning. He was already ruled out for Sunday night’s game and hopes to join the Blackhawks for their trip to New York.

“Yeah I think so. I think it’s a possibility. I’m not ruling it out and not guaranteeing anything, but today felt pretty good,” Toews said. “It’s almost just putting pressure and just trying anything that I could out there to do those uncomfortable movements, and I’m feeling pretty good right now. Obviously, we’ll see how it goes (Sunday night) and (Monday).”

Quenneville said assistant coach Kevin Dineen, whose father Bill passed away on Saturday morning, will be behind the bench tonight.

The Stars are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon. According to the Dallas Morning News, Johnny Oduya (lower body) and Jiri Hudler (illness) could return to the lineup Sunday night. Patrick Sharp, however, remains out. The former Blackhawks forward has been battling concussion symptoms.

Catch all of Sunday's action from the United Center on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app starting at 6 p.m.

Blackhawks

Forward lines

Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov, Patrick Kane
Ryan Hartman, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa
Tyler Motte, Dennis Rasmussen, Richard Panik
Andrew Desjardins, Vinnie Hinostroza, Jordin Tootoo

Defensive pairs

Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson
Brian Campbell and Trevor van Riemsdyk
Gustav Forsling and Michal Rozsival

Goaltender

Scott Darling

Injuries

Jonathan Toews (back), Brent Seabrook (upper body), Corey Crawford (appendix)

Stars

Forward lines

Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza
Antoine Roussel, Radek Faksa, Brett Ritchie
​Lauri Korpikoski, Cody Eakin, Patrick Eaves
Curtis McKenzie, Devin Shore, Adam Cracknell

Defensive pairs

Esa Lindell and John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis and Stephen Johns
Johnny Oduya and Jordie Benn

Goaltender

Antti Niemi

Injuries

Patrick Sharp (concussion), Mattias Janmark (knee), Ales Hemsky (hip)

Blackhawks 'mutually agree to part ways' with assistant coach Don Granato

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Blackhawks 'mutually agree to part ways' with assistant coach Don Granato

The Blackhawks announced Wednesday that they have mutually agreed to part ways with assistant coach Don Granato. He was hired on June 15, 2017 and spent two seasons with the team.

“We appreciate Don’s contributions to the Blackhawks organization while on the staff,” head coach Jeremy Colliton said in a statement. “We wish him well in the future as he pursues other opportunities.”

The move allows Colliton to handpick his second assistant coach with Sheldon Brookbank remaining on the staff. The responsibilities between Brookbank and Granato were shared this season, but that's likely to change going into next season to a more traditional structure of one assistant coach handling the forwards and power play and the other the defensemen and penalty kill.

One potential candidate to fill the vacant position could be Derek King, who was on Colliton's staff with the Rockford IceHogs and served as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season after Colliton got promoted to Chicago. King is viewed as a player's coach and is well-respected within the organization.

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Evaluating Blackhawks defensemen prospects with Mark Eaton

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Evaluating Blackhawks defensemen prospects with Mark Eaton

On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Blackhawks director of player development Mark Eaton joins the show to evaluate the organization’s top defensemen prospects and where each of them is at in their developments. Which ones could make the NHL jump next season?

Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis offer their takeaways from the Eaton interview and outlook the Blackhawks blue line group as a whole.

1:00 – Eaton on Henri Jokiharju’s development

3:30 – Adam Boqvist’s growth in North America

6:50 – Evaluating Nicolas Beaudin’s progression

8:15 – Surprised about Ian Mitchell’s decision to return to college?

10:55 – Assessing Chad Krys in college and AHL

13:10 – Challenge between stressing defensive side of game but not taking away from who the player is

15:55 – Which defensemen prospects could be in NHL next season?

18:25 – The message Erik Gustafsson’s breakout season sends to prospects

21:15 – Takeaways from Eaton interview

31:25 – Reviewing Blackhawks defensemen contracts

33:35 – Thoughts on Gustav Forsling

35:20 – The challenge for Blackhawks defense this offseason

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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