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Eddie O: Keith, Seabrook need help

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Eddie O: Keith, Seabrook need help

There's still more than two months until NHL free agency is set to begin on July 1, but Blackhawks analyst Ed Olczyk was willing to share a couple of ideas about what general manager Stan Bowman should do on Tuesday's Chicago Tribune Live.

"I think they've got to get some heaviness in their team up and down the lineup, not only at the forward position but also on the back end," Olczyk said. "I think you've got to get some help for Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. Those guys play such tough minutes, hard minutes, against some of the best players in the world."

Olczyk also acknowledged that while Jonathan Toews solidifies the No. 1 center position and Dave Bolland is terrific on the checking line, the team needs a center between them.

"I think that was exposed in this series, the second center-ice position," Olczyk said. "Patrick Kane is a dynamic player, but is a much different animal playing center than wing and you saw the revolving door all year, Joel Quenneville looking to go to Kane or to Patrick Sharp or to Bolland or to Brandon Pirri or to Marcus Kruger. They had a lot of different guys try to fill that void and once Marian Hossa went out all of a sudden now you became less of a threat offensively without a pure finisher on the wall with the wingers. That's an area that certainly needs to be addressed."

Olczyk also defended Corey Crawford's overall performance in the series and praised the performance of Andrew Shaw and Michael Frolik while discussing why Kruger and Viktor Stalberg really took a step back.

Check out all of Eddie O's thoughts by watching the video above.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Have the Cubs turned the corner?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Have the Cubs turned the corner?

Hub Arkush, David Schuster and Mark Grote join Kap on the panel.

0:00- The Cubs sweep the Marlins and have won 7 of their last 10. Have they finally turned the corner?

8:00- The White Sox keep playing but the controversy surrounding Tim Anderson's bat-flip-heard-round-the-world continues. Does baseball need to lighten up or does Anderson deserve some blame?

14:30- The guys remember Chet Coppock. The "Godfather of Sports Talk Radio" died at the age of 70.

18:00- Carlos Zambrano drops by the studio. He talks to Kap about his comeback with the Chicago Dogs, his thoughts on the Cubs winning it all and his hopes to once again pitch in the majors.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Cubs Talk Podcast: Carlos Zambrano drops in & a statistical deep-dive with Chris Kamka

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Carlos Zambrano drops in & a statistical deep-dive with Chris Kamka

Luke Stuckmeyer and Chris Kamka go through some fun and perhaps meaningful numbers through the Cubs' first 17 games, including good trends for the starting pitching and puzzling numbers for Kris Bryant & Anthony Rizzo (1:30). Then, David Kaplan catches up with former Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano, who discusses his comeback attempt with the Chicago Dogs, his accomplishments while he pitched for the Cubs, and his newfound commitment to his faith (10:30).

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below: