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Despite ankle 'tweak' Kane to play against Vancouver

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Despite ankle 'tweak' Kane to play against Vancouver

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
Posted: 2:41 p.m. Updated: 3:07 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Patrick Kane went down during this mornings skate, tweaking that left-ankle injury, but coach Joel Quenneville said the right wing will play tonight when the Chicago Blackhawks play the Vancouver Canucks.

Kane was down for several seconds near the boards before getting up and skating off on his own.

They were just playing around there; its nothing serious, Quenneville said. I think when youre dealing with that injury it lingers on the whole year. Sometimes it looks like it goes away, and a little tweak like that and youre back at it.

Kane said hes still not 100 percent from the injury, which he suffered in the first minute of the Blackhawks Dec. 5 game against the Calgary Flames. He returned on Dec. 28 against St. Louis.

Kane had a goal and an assist in the Blackhawks 7-4 victory over Columbus on Tuesday night.

Turcos turn

Marty Turco will get his second consecutive start tonight. Turco, who stopped 29 of 33 against Columbus on Tuesday night, is looking to get rolling as much as the Blackhawks are.

"Ice time comes with winning, and the position were in, its pretty black and white, Turco said. I want to do my part in winning and give these guys confidence. Its an opportunity to play more, but the opportunity I look at is to be the guy and win and get on a roll like I know I can.

Turco said he was getting over a head cold against Columbus but is feeling much better now.

I put a lot of stock in that (Columbus) game coming out of the break; (the cold) sucked the life out of me, Turco said. But it was a huge two points. Even though weather wasnt so great in Chicago we managed to get some ice time in and recovery. I feel good.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 37th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 37th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa's 37th homer of the 1998 season was a big one, an opposite field blast off the front row of fans in right field and into the basket at Wrigley Field.

The eighth-inning 3-run shot gave the Cubs some insurance in a game they ultimately won 9-5 and the Wrigley faithful responded by throwing a bunch of trash on the field.

Earlier in the contest, Sosa tied the game with an RBI single in the fifth inning. He finished with 4 RBI, giving him 93 on the season with more than 2 months left to play.

Fun fact: Vladimir Guerrero was the Expos' No. 3 hitter for this game an dhe also hit a homer (his 20th). Now, Guerrero's son is nearing his MLB debut as a top prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays system.

Fun fact No. 2: Mark Grudzielanek - who later played for the Cubs in 2003-04 - was Montreal's No. 5 hitter for the game at Wrigley. He was traded 10 days later from the Expos to the Los Angeles Dodgers for another fellow Cub - Ted Lilly.

Cubs are reported to be 'deeply involved' in trade talks for Zach Britton

Cubs are reported to be 'deeply involved' in trade talks for Zach Britton

The Cubs and Orioles reliever Zach Britton are once again being linked to each other, according to Patrick Mooney of the Athletic

Despite the front office denying any big moves coming before the July 31st deadline, but the Cubs' interest in Britton from last year makes this one with the Orioles stick a bit more. And when taking a look at Britton's fit on the club, a deal involving the lefty-reliever makes too much sense not to be true. 

And according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Orioles are trying to wrap up the trade in the next few days. 

The Cubs did add reliever Jesse Chavez earlier this week, but Chavez profiles more as a swingman and less of the late-inning arm Britton has been over his eight-year career. Due to injuries, Zach Britton is the guy who teams saw dominant in '15 &'16 when he saved a combined 134 games for the Orioles. 

However, his 2018 numbers are encouraging for a guy coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon with a 3.68 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 14.2 IP. And when you factor in the pedigree the Cubs would be adding to the back end of the bullpen on top of his expiring deal at the end of 2018, it would make the Cubs bullpen lethal in the postseason. 

There will be other suitors for Britton who could likely offer more in terms of prospects in return, but if the Cubs are serious about adding someone like Britton, they could always dip into their MLB roster and part with a Victor Caratini-type player. Infielder David Bote has also impressed with his surprise season, showing he can contribute in multiple roles. 

But the Cubs would be solving essentially two issues with one guy in Britton, with his ability to close and experience in late-inning situations while also replacing Mike Montgomery in the bullpen, who may be staying in the rotation longer than expected. He's also an upgrade over Brian Duensing, who has been ineffective this season, and Randy Rosario who seems more like smoke and mirrors and has never pitched in the postseason. 

Jed Hoyer did say earlier this week the Cubs will be adding depth before the trade deadline, but the asking price for arguably the best available reliever remaining on the market could end up being too rich for the Cubs to stomach. But it clearly won't stop them from at least weighing all options.