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Myers: Top 7 moments of Chris Chelios' career

Myers: Top 7 moments of Chris Chelios' career

Friday, Dec. 17, 2010
12:21 PM

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

How do you condense Chris Chelios 26-season NHL career into a few memorable moments? It wasnt easy, but weve managed to select a few of his best. Here are seven moments for the Blackhawks former No. 7:

1. Chelios comes home: After more than six seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, the Chicago-born Chelios was traded to the Blackhawks for Denis Savard in 1990. He would play nine seasons here his last four as team captain and win two Norris Trophies.

2. Once, twice, three times a winner: No, he didnt get to hoist one in a Blackhawks uniform, but Chelios would hoist the Stanley Cup three times in his career, once with Montreal and two more times with the Detroit Red Wings.

3. We have a winner: The Blackhawks have been making postseason life miserable for the Vancouver Canucks for a long time. In the 1995 Western Conference Semifinals, Chelios scored the game-winning goal in Games 3 and 4 to help the Blackhawks sweep the Canucks.

4. Hard to say goodbye: Fans had already watched too many of their favorite Blackhawks get traded away in the mid- to late-1990s, and Chelios was one of the final ones to go when he was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings in March of 1999.

5. The 1991-92 playoff run: The Blackhawks trip to the 92 Cup finals included a record 11-game string of victories. Chelios had his share of big moments as well, and his 21 points during that postseason (six goals, 15 assists) is still a franchise best for a defenseman.

6. World Cup of gold: While with the Blackhawks, Chelios was also part of the 1996 Team USA that would win the gold medal at the World Cup of Hockey. Chelios was named to the all-star roster for Team USA, which took gold by beating Canada twice in Montreal, where Chelios pro career began.

7. Calling it a career: After 26 seasons, 1,917 regular- and postseason games, four Olympics, three Cups and one Olympic silver medal, Chelios retired this past August at age 48. Hes now serving as the Wings adviser to hockey operations.

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

Kings vs. Blackhawks: Time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Kings vs. Blackhawks: Time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Chicago Blackhawks finally earned new head coach Jeremy Colliton his first NHL win on Wednesday night against the rival St. Louis Blues. On Friday night, the Blackhawks welcime another familiar foe to town, the Los Angeles Kings.

It was a significant moment after three straight losses under Colliton, who was brought in to replace the legendary Joel Quenneville in an attempt to help an underperforming roster reach the playoffs this season. The team will look to build on that momentum against a Kings team that is struggling in their own right, coming to the Windy City on a three-game losing streak.

Corey Crawford, who shut out the Blues on Wednesday, is projected to start on Friday night. Peter Budaj is projected to start for the Kings in goal.

BLACKHAWKS VS. KINGS: HOW TO WATCH

What: Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks

When: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. CT

Where: United Center, Chicago, IL

TV ChannelNBC Sports Chicago

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BLACKHAWKS VS. KINGS TV SCHEDULE

7:00 PM: Blackhawks Pregame Live is presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com 
7:30 PM: Los Angeles Kings @ Chicago Blackhawks
10:00 PM: Chicago Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hyundai

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White Sox free-agent focus: Patrick Corbin

White Sox free-agent focus: Patrick Corbin

This week, we’re profiling some of the biggest names on the free-agent market and taking a look at what kind of fits they are for the White Sox.

Much of the conversation around the White Sox and free agency has focused on the two biggest fish in this winter's pond: Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. But as good as those guys are at baseball, there's one thing they definitively cannot do: pitch.

Maybe it's because the White Sox have the potential to field a homegrown rotation of the future just one year from now, but making a big-splash pitching addition hasn't seemed to be as exciting a talking point as the possibility of adding Harper or Machado. And that's weird because the White Sox have said they're going to go out and get a pitcher, multiple pitchers most likely.

Certainly there are vocal fans out there who want the White Sox to bring this winter's best available starting pitcher to the South Side. Patrick Corbin is just 29 years old and coming off a remarkable season in which he posted a 3.15 ERA and struck out 246 batters in 200 innings. That was good enough to place him in the top five in this year's NL Cy Young vote.

Prior to this campaign, the numbers weren't nearly as good. In his first five major league seasons, he posted a combined 4.12 ERA and averaged 130 strikeouts a year. But the contract year rarely disappoints, and Corbin took full advantage, hitting the free-agent market on one heck of an upswing. He's going to be a very popular man as the winter wears on because everyone's always in the market for premium starting pitching. Given that he's two years younger than fellow free agent and 2015 AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel, Corbin is as premium as it gets on this year's free-agent market.

Of course, the White Sox have starting pitching as a stated need, with two holes in their rotation thanks to Michael Kopech's recovery from Tommy John surgery and James Shields' departure. And because of the flexibility this rebuilding process has created, they have multiple ways they could go about filling those holes. They could add a couple one-year fill-ins and simply wait for Kopech to get healthy and for pitching prospect Dylan Cease to reach the majors. Add those two guys to the trio of Carlos Rodon, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, and you've got a homegrown starting staff heading into 2020. Or, they could provide a safety net in the form of a longer-term deal for a bigger-name. That guy would help anchor the rotation as the team plans to transition from rebuilding to contending on an annual basis.

Corbin would fall into the latter category, though he'll likely be in such high demand across the league that the same challenges facing the White Sox in a pursuit of Harper or Machado would apply. They'd have to outbid some of baseball's biggest spenders — including the New York Yankees, who have been mentioned as a likely landing spot for Corbin — and convince a young star to pick planned future success over the ability to join up with a roster capable of winning multiple championships right now.

Corbin is a great pitcher who would line up nicely with the White Sox long-term plans. But like Harper and Machado, there's a big difference between wanting to add an All-Star player and convincing them to sign.