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No trades yet, but Bowman remains ready to 'pull the trigger'

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No trades yet, but Bowman remains ready to 'pull the trigger'

PITTSBURGH The 2012 NHL Entry Draft had barely begun when the trades did, too, the blockbuster coming just a few minutes in when the host Penguins dealt Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes.

But other than that first wave, it was a pretty quiet trade night. The Blackhawks were one of those quiet teams. But general manager Stan Bowman expects the trades to pick up soon and his team could be making moves, too.

Bowman said nothing panned out as the Blackhawks wrapped up Day 1 of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on Friday. But just because nothing happened tonight didnt mean something couldnt happen soon.

There might be a misconception: unless youre trading draft picks, you dont have to get it done before the draft, Bowman said. We have a full compliment (of picks). Were still open to making moves, but that can happen at any point. I wouldnt rule anything in or out. Were willing to do something if it makes sense. If it does, well pull the trigger.

We didnt have to get done tonight, he said. We could easily do a trade on Monday.

Yes, theres still plenty of time for things to shake out. Theres about a week remaining until free agency, which begins on July 1, and then thats a whole new ballgame. And while the Blackhawks have a full roster, one that Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville said they feel fine moving forward with, shaking things up is probably in the Blackhawks best interests. A source said that defensemen Niklas Hjlmarsson was likely to be shopped.

Bowman wouldnt say what, specifically, he was looking for.

I wouldnt characterize it as one thing, he said. We have a lot of guys who are attractive to other teams. If we can get the right player, well do it.

The talk was still there on Friday. It will probably be there again on Saturday, and continue once all of the GMs leave Pittsburgh. Bowman said hell do whats necessary to improve the Blackhawks. The right deal could do that.

Were open to anything, Bowman said. You cant rule things out. Certain players you wont move. But you have to be able to listen. Opportunities are there but we have to see where it goes.

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

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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

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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.”