Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011
Blackhawks ink prospect
The Blackhawks signed defenseman Dylan Olsen to a three-year, two-way contract on Saturday.
Olsen was the No. 28 pick of the 2009 draft for the Blackhawks. Olsen is currently a sophomore at University of Minnesota-Duluth. He has 12 assists in 17 games this season.
Olsen is playing for Canada in the 2011 World Junior Championships. (CSNChicago.com)
Weis to be named Florida's offensive coordinator
Reports came out Saturday that former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator at the University of Florida.
Someone, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the move hasn't been formally announced, says it will be made public Monday.
Weis is expected to stay with the Kansas City Chiefs throughout the AFC playoffs. (Chicago Tribune)
Vikings sign Juaquin Iglesias off Bears' practice squad
According to an NFL source, the Vikings have signed WR Juaquin Iglesias off of the Bears' practice squad and on to their 53-man roster.
Today was the final day for teams to make a move and Iglesias will be on the Vikings' roster for their season finale in Detroit.
Iglesias was the 99th overall draft pick for the Bears in 2009 and spent the entire season on the practice squad.
With the loss of Iglesias, the Bears have now lost their top two picks of '09 draft. Second round pick Jarron Gilbert was released in August. (Chicago Tribune)
Bulls players hate day games?
Bulls players have complained that they don't like day games, and proved it on New Year's Eve by shooting 39 percent against the New Jersey Nets.
"We didn't start playing hard, really, until the end, guard Derrick Rose said after the contest. Usually, you're taking naps right now or getting ready, putting your clothes on, heading to the game. That's why it's the NBA. It's going to be a challenge.
Kurt Thomas added, "I've never been a morning person and I know that, You've just got to find a way to get yourself up and ready to go. Definitely for myself, it's tough getting a little bit older, but you just find a way."
The Bulls still survived the game, due in large part to Carlos Boozer's double-double. (Daily Herald)
White Sox eyeing Soriano
The White Sox seem to have interest in reliever Rafael Soriano, but they might not have enough cash left to pursue him.
Soriano is looking for Mariano Rivera type money. (30MM)
After losing closer Bobby Jenks to the Red Sox, the White Sox will need to free up some more cash if they want to be considered a legit suitor for the top closer on the market. (mlbtraderumors.com)