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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reviewing trade deadline moves

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reviewing trade deadline moves

On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Charlie Roumeliotis and Steve Konroyd discuss the Blackhawks’ trade deadline moves involving Ryan Hartman and Tommy Wingels.

They also look at the bigger picture, which players in Rockford could get a look before the end of the season and whether the Blackhawks should consider moving one of their two first-round picks for a Top 4 defenseman in the offseason.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Blackhawks make moves at trade deadline, should they have done more?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Blackhawks make moves at trade deadline, should they have done more?

David Haugh (Chicago Tribune) and Mark Carman (WGN Radio) join Luke Stuckmeyer on the panel. The Blackhawks trade Ryan Hartman to the Predators and Tommy Wingels to the Bruins. Should Stan Bowman have done more? Steve Konroyd joins the panel to discuss.

Also, Jordan Howard is talking playoffs, the Bears could go guard with the 8th pick, the Bulls go into tank mode too late and Mark Emmert hints at big change in college basketball.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.

Fourth line adding a little of everything, including goals, for Blackhawks

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Fourth line adding a little of everything, including goals, for Blackhawks

They know their role, what they have to do every time they’re on the ice. Fourth liners are out there to bring energy, to bring a physical presence, the sandpaper, the grit, all those familiar terms.

As for what fourth liners want to do? Well with that, they’re like every other hockey player.

“You know, we all play this game for one reason and that’s to score goals,” Tommy Wingels said recently. “Whether you’re a five-goal scorer or a 50-goal scorer, you go out there wanting to score a goal every shift. that being said, are we going to do that? No. But we’re certainly going to try every shift.”

For Wingels, Lance Bouma and John Hayden, who have comprised the Blackhawks’ fourth line for most of this season, the trying has yielded some good results lately. All three have scored in recent games; Wingels and Bouma provided the goals in the Blackhawks’ 3-2 loss to Nashville on Tuesday night, with Wingels nearly tying the game late.

When the Blackhawks were experimenting with different line combinations during their scoring drought, the fourth line remained intact. That’s mainly because those three serve a certain purpose but it’s also because it’s been consistent. Bouma, in and out of the Calgary Flames’ lineup the last two seasons due to injury or lack of production, has found a steady role here. Wingels was expected to play mainly wing but has found his niche at center. Hayden brings skill and the physical element, mixing it up a few times this season.

It didn’t take long for the three to mesh and get familiar with each other’s tendencies.

“We played with each other for most of the year so we know where everyone’s going to be on the ice. And it’s a good combination,” Bouma said. “We have a good mixture on the line. We’re all gritty guys, we all want the puck and are hungry on it. If we continue to play like that we’ll have some success.”

The fourth liners know their role: bring the energy, the grit, the physical presence, all of that. But goal scoring is never frowned upon, and those three have brought that, too.

“It’s a lot of different things we try to do. We try to be physical, we try to draw penalties, we try to bring momentum in our favor, we try to play well defensively,” Wingels said. “It’s just doing anything we can to help this team win.”