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Should Blackhawls lock up Leddy long term?

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Should Blackhawls lock up Leddy long term?

Of course, the Blackhawks are focused on the present and trying to re-capture their Stanley Cup glory of 2010. But with one eye on the future, should the Hawks be quick to act on signing defenseman Nick Leddy to a long-term contract extension?

Tab Bamford at Yardbarker.com believes it would be wise to lock up the 21-year-old, puck-moving blue liner now.

First and foremost, Bamford points out that Leddy's 34 assists in 2011-12 were in the top-15 of NHL defenseman. He also points out that Leddy's numbers in his first full season -- in which he was 20 for most of it -- were as good or better than former Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith, who was 22 in his first season. Here's the comparison:

Player
Season
G
A
P
-
Hits
Blocks
Leddy
2011-12
3
34
37
-12
67
78
Keith
2005-06
9
12
21
-11
45121

Leddy was actually far superior to Keith as a playmaker, their plusminus is nearly even and Leddy delivered more hits despite blocking far less shots.

In the article, Bamford realizes that critics will point out Leddy's turnover issues and poor positioning in front of his own goal at times.

However, he's got interesting reasons why the same issues weren't raised for Keith: less fans at the United Center during a far different era for the Hawks and less of an impact of social media with Facebook limited to colleges and Twitter not in existence. This meant less analysis on every goal of every game from a greater amount of fans.

Do you agree with Bamford? Should the Blackhawks lock up the young and talented Leddy?

Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

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NBC Sports Chicago

Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, the Bulls Outsiders team of Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine join Kevin Anderson to talk about the series premier of ‘Bulls Outsiders’ Thursday night. Hear about how the show came together and what they are hoping to bring to the Bulls fanbase this season. They’ll also share their bold predictions for the season including two potential end-of-season award winners from this roster.

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

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Is Crawford ready to go?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Is Crawford ready to go?

Jimmy Greenfield, Connor McKnight, and Matt Spiegel join Kap on the panel to discuss Corey Crawford back on the ice for the first time in 10 months. The Bears have good news when it comes to Khalil Mack, who injured his ankle against the Dolphins.

Plus, Fred Hoiberg announces that Jabari Parker is coming off the bench for the season opener.

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