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Word on the Street: Rodgers has Cutler's back

Word on the Street: Rodgers has Cutler's back

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011
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Rodgers has Cutler's back

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got the win on Sunday, but he's still looking out for his old friend Jay Cutler.

After hearing Cutler's toughness questioned this week, Rodgers says the criticism is "very inappropriate" and "disrespectful." Rodgers also applauded Bears players for sticking up for their teammate.

Among the critics was Maurice Jones-Drew, who has since apologized for his comments of Cutler. The running back has received death threats because of his remarks, and he's upset that the media does not seem to care.

"I guess death threats towards me and my family isn't head line news but me tweeting my opinion about a person is..." Jones-Drew said on his Twitter account. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Bulls rank top 3 most valuable in NBA

The Chicago Bulls have been ranked as the third most valuable franchise in the NBA. According to Forbes, the franchise is valued at 511 million.

The Bulls fell short of the Los Angeles Lakers (643 million) and the New York Knicks. The Knicks' value rose 12 percent from 586 million to 655 million. (Chicago Tribune)

Blackhawks head to Saskatoon for preseason game

The Blackhawks are headed up north again. CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers reports that the Blackhawks will play the Edmonton Oilers in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in a preseason game on Sept. 20.

Earlier this season, the squad started off the 2010 preseason schedule against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Jonathan Toews' hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.(CSNChicago.com)

Contador banned for 1-year?

Cycling officals in Spain proposed a one-year ban for Alberto Contador. The cyclist failed a Tour de France doping test in 2010.

If banned, Contador would lose his third Tour title because of the positive clenbuterol result he blames on contaminated meat. Plus, he'd be ineligible to compete in this year's Tour.(Chicago Tribune)

Cubs introduce new team license plate

The Chicago Cubs unveiled their own permanent license plate during a news conference featuring Tom Ricketts, Ernie Banks, and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.

The Cubs are now the second Chicago team with their own permanent plates. The Chicago Blackhawks released their team plate last October.

To pre-order the 69 plate, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Colon signs with Yankees

He's been out of the major leagues since 2009, but that couldn't stop him from getting a deal with the Yankees. The former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon agreed to a minor league contract with the New York team.

The 37-year-old right-hander was released by the White Sox in September 2009 after going 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 12 starts. (Chicago Tribune)

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

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Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

DALLAS — Despite taking Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks took a second defenseman at No. 27 with the selection of Nicolas Beaudin.

Beaudin is a 5-foot-11, 172-pound defenseman who's known to be a puck-mover. He's a left-handed shot, which is something the Blackhawks could use more of in the organization along their blue line.

The 18-year-old registered 69 points (12 goals, 57 assists) in 68 games with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL, and added three goals and eight assists in 10 postseason contests.

Beaudin is the third defenseman the Blackhawks have taken in the first round the last two years, with Henri Jokiharju and Boqvist being the other two.

Blackhawks select Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick

Blackhawks select Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick

DALLAS — For the first time since drafting Patrick Kane first overall in 2007, the Blackhawks owned a top-10 pick in the NHL Draft. There was speculation that Stan Bowman might get aggressive and trade the No. 8 selection for immediate help if a deal made sense.

Instead, the draft couldn't have unfolded more favorably for the Blackhawks, who elected to keep the pick and drafted defenseman Adam Boqvist.

“You can never have enough D," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said on the NBCSN broadcast. "He moves the puck, he’s very active in the play, very dynamic in a lot of ways. He can help our power play down the road, I am looking forward to seeing how he does in the summer and going into camp."

"There’s opportunity here on the back end with our team, and it’s going to be competitive along the way, but certainly you got a guy that can move the puck and get involved offensively, those guys are hard to find.”

Boqvist is a 5-foot-11, 168-pound right-handed shot blue-liner who's drawn comparisons to Erik Karlsson, given his offensive ability.

"I know they have lots of Swedish defensemen," Boqvist said of the Blackhawks. "They played pretty well as a team and like to have the puck, you know, [Patrick] Kane. Yeah, I like it."

He compiled 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) in 25 games for the Brynas J20 squad in the SuperElit league, and added three goals and two assists in three playoff games. But his production dropped off when he moved up to the Swedish Hockey League, where he registered only one assist in 15 games.

As we mentioned in our NHL Draft Profile this week, there are a few concerns about Boqvist.

He's only 17 years old and his defensive work needs improvement, meaning the Blackhawks must be patient with his development. He's also sustained a couple head injuries over the course of his young career, which adds some risk to the equation.

But there's clearly major upside if you're being compared to Karlsson.

"I think I need to improve my defensive play and need to be bigger and stronger," Boqvist said. "Of course, my offense can be better, too, so almost everything."

Boqvist joins Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell as the team's top three defensive prospects, all of whom have right-handed shots.