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Coach Q: Plenty of interest in Blackhawks assistant opening

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Coach Q: Plenty of interest in Blackhawks assistant opening

PITTSBURGH The Chicago Blackhawks have been looking for a new assistant coach since firing Mike Haviland in early May. But coach Joel Quenneville said the search may be over in the near future.

Quenneville said finding a new assistant coach will get done soon as he joined the Blackhawks brass at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh on Friday night. Quenneville said hes talked to a few guys about the position already, but didnt want to get specific on who. Interest, however, is there.

There are a lot of guys interested, Quenneville said. Its a long list, and thats where were at. Its amazing how many guys, how many outstanding candidates (there are).

As far as whether the next Blackhawks assistant will be a power play andor penalty kill aficionado, Quenneville said, I dont want to say itll be a PP or a PK guy. Well share a lot of responsibilities.

Haviland was fired on May 8, about two weeks after the Blackhawks lost their first-round matchup to the Phoenix Coyotes. Quenneville said there was dysfunction on the staff that needed to be addressed, and Haviland was apparently a casualty of that.

Haviland has yet to respond publicly to the firing. A finalist for last years Winnipeg head coaching job, Haviland is once again drawing interest; CSN Washingtons Chuck Gormley reported earlier this week that Haviland interviewed for the Capitals head coaching job.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”