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SportsTalk Live Podcast: What does Corey Crawford's future look like?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: What does Corey Crawford's future look like?

SportsTalk Live is on location at the United Center for Blackhawks Authentic Fan Night. Charlie Roumeliotis and Jay Cohen join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- Michelle McMahon joins the guys to discuss what Corey Crawford's latest concussion means for his future and the Blackhawks future.

13:30- Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy joins Kap to talk about his return from injury, how the Blackhawks will cope without Crow and get the U.S.-born kids' thoughts on the greatest American players in the game's history.

20:30- Pat Boyle joins the guys to talk about the future of the Blackhawks. What veteran players does the team need to think about moving to continue their rebuild?

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NBA Power Rankings: NBA Trade season heating up

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NBA Power Rankings: NBA Trade season heating up

 

As the February 7 NBA Trade deadline approaches, front offices are starting to seriously discuss in-season changes they can make to improve their rosters as goals become clearer for teams throughout the league.

We already saw the funniest trade mishap in quite some time, as the Suns, Grizzlies and Wizards had a three-team deal dissolve amid confusion over which “Brooks” was in the trade--MarShon or Dillon.

The trade that ended up going down was the Wizards sending Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre Jr. to the Suns for Trevor Ariza. Phoenix promptly waived Rivers and the Grizzlies re-entered the fray, picking up Rivers off of waivers.

The Lakers are reportedly still looking for floor-spacing to help out their (already) strong defensive squad. Ariza was linked to them because of his Los Angeles roots but ultimately the Lakers didn’t have enough to entice the Suns. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been linked to the Houston Rockets as they continued their eternal quest to find more 3-and-D wings.

All of the league is keeping an eye on the Warriors and Raptors, teams that are unlikely to make any roster moves but have dominated as of late, and seem destined to meet up in the 2019 NBA Finals. The Nuggets and Bucks are the other teams that has been strong enough to belong in the top tier of the league, with the Sixers being right behind them.

Both Denver and Philadelphia will need to let their rosters get familiar with each other. The Nuggets have important pieces in Isaiah Thomas and rookie Michael Porter Jr. on the shelf, while the Sixers are still building chemistry in their Simmons-Butler-Embiid lineups.

The league is heading for an intriguing week 10, with Celtics-Bucks, Pelicans-Lakers and Raptors-Sixers all being very important matchups.
Check out our latest NBA Power Rankings here.