Kane, Montador in; Carcillo, Kruger out vs. Kings


Kane, Montador in; Carcillo, Kruger out vs. Kings

Patrick Kane and Steve Montador will play tonight after being out of Tuesdays practice, but Daniel Carcillo and Marcus Kruger are still out as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center.

Kane said hes had strep throat since Christmas Eve and struggled through the Blackhawks 4-1 victory over Columbus on Monday. He said he felt much better after taking Tuesday off, however, and is ready for tonight.

It was not the best Ive felt out there (on Monday), not too much energy and I just try to get through games like that, make simple plays, Kane said. Hopefully I make the right ones (tonight) at times and get some production.

Montador just took a maintenance day on Monday. Meanwhile, coach Joel Quenneville said Kruger was feeling all right today, but isnt quite ready to go. Kruger suffered a concussion last Tuesday in Pittsburgh and got hit a few times again vs. Columbus.

Carcillo is getting closer, but Quenneville is looking at him returning against Detroit on Friday.

The Blackhawks have fared well against Los Angeles recently, sweeping all four meetings last season. The Blackhawks also won in Los Angeles in late November, when they wrapped up their circus trip. They are 9-2-1 since then.

Corey Crawford will start tonight.

For Los Angeles, forward Simon Gagne (upper body) was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday.

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


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. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening


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.”