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Cup numbers crunch: Plenty of change for Hawks


Cup numbers crunch: Plenty of change for Hawks

It's been exactly two years -- June 9, 2010 -- since the Blackhawks ended their 49-year Stanley Cup drought and took down the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime of Game 6.

Since then, there's been a massive roster overhaul. Check out the following numbers, which tell the story:

1: Number of playoff goals Patrick Kane has scored -- in 13 playoff games -- since the Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime of Game 6 at Philadelphia.

5: Number of playoff victories for the Blackhawks in the two postseasons since winning the Stanley Cup, both ending in first-round exits. Of course, the Blackhawks won 16 games to clinch the title in 2010.

8: Number of players left on the roster from the Stanley Cup championship team. The remaining players are Duncan Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, Dave Bolland, Marian Hossa and Kane.

44.5: Average number of regular-season wins the last two seasons with 44 in 2010-11 and 45 in 2011-12.

52: Number of regular-season wins in 2009-10.

99: Average number of standings points the last two seasons with 97 in 2010-11 and 101 in 2011-12.

112: Number of standings points by the 2009-10 Blackhawks -- a franchise record.

199: Number of goals allowed by the goalie trio of Antti Niemi (82), Cristobal Huet (114) and Corey Crawford (3) in 2009-10.

219.5: Average number of goals allowed by Blackhawks goalies in the two seasons since with Marty Turco (82), Ray Emery (83) and Crawford (274) between the pipes.

246.5: Average number of goals scored by the Blackhawks the past two seasons with 252 goals scored in 2010-11 and 241 goals scored in 2011-12.

262: Number of goals scored by the Blackhawks in the 2009-10 season.

Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system


Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

Coming to you from Washington DC, we speak with Dylan Cease who competed in the MLB Futures Game along with his Birmingham Barons teammate Luis Basabe. 

Cease talks about the White Sox loaded farm system, what players have impressed him the most, where he gets his composure on the mound and more. 

Check out the entire podcast here:

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fernando Tatis, Jr. is one of the brightest future stars in the game. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, one spot behind Eloy Jimenez.

He’s a five-tool shortstop slashing .289/.359/.509 at Double-A San Antonio with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 85 games. He’s bilingual, charismatic, the kind of guy who could be a face of a franchise.

And two years ago, he was property of the White Sox.

That was until they traded Tatis, who was only 17 at the time, to the Padres for James Shields. Tatis had yet to play a single game in the White Sox farm system, so it was tough to predict his future. However, speaking with Tatis before he competed in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, the trade was definitely a shock to him.

“I was surprised. It was weird. For a kid that young to get traded, I had never heard of it. When they told me that, I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” Tatis said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

No front office is going to bat 1.000, and when it comes to Tatis, this is a trade the White Sox would love to have back.

But first, more perspective.

In June of 2016, six months before the White Sox started their rebuild, they were 29-26, a game and a half out of first place. With Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and a healthy Carlos Rodon anchoring their rotation, they felt that with the addition of Shields, they could compete for the division.

Unfortunately, perception didn’t meet reality. Shields struggled on the mound with the White Sox in 2016 and 2017. His numbers have improved considerably, and he could return the White Sox another prospect if he’s dealt before the trade deadline. However, it’s unlikely they’ll receive a player with the potential that Tatis has right now.

“(The trade) was about getting a good starter so they could get to the playoffs. I understood. I know this game is a business,” Tatis said.

Before the trade occurred, Tatis looked into his future and saw a day when he’d be the White Sox starting shortstop.

“Yeah, that was my goal when (White Sox director of international scouting) Marco Paddy signed me,” Tatis said. “We talked about it when I started and that was the goal.”

His goal now is to make it to the major leagues with the Padres.

“I’m pretty close. I want to keep working. When they decide to call me up, I’ll be ready.”

As for his former team, he’s impressed with the talent the White Sox have assembled.

“They’re building something special. They have really good prospects. I wish the best for them.”

You can’t help but wonder what the rebuild would look like if Tatis was along for the ride. He’s the one who got away.