Bears Camp underway, but newcomer Ellis retires

The  Bears signed defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis to a one-year contract in June. He didn’t report to training camp Wednesday and has since advised them that he will retire, the team announced.Ellis, a former USC standout, was taken by the Saints with the seventh-overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, but never lived up to his lofty first-round status. At 28, he is young by NFL standards, and had no known health issues.Ellis started 70 games over five seasons for the Saints where he had 98 career tackles, 12.5 sacks, and 14 passes defended.

Rose says the best NBA Player right now is….himself!

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While the entire city of Chicago was hanging on every modicum of hope that Derrick Rose would return during the Bulls’ playoff run last season, it was widely reported that it was his confidence, not his physical health, that was impeding his return.Given Rose’s hesitancy to return early from the torn ACL he suffered in the previous playoffs, it has to be reassuring that, evidently, his confidence is back.When asked in a rapid-fire, headline-inducing, 90-second interview with CNN who the best player in the NBA was, Rose didn’t stutter, didn’t hesitate, didn’t even change his tone when he muttered, “Derrick Rose,” in his calm, reassured manner.That didn’t exactly jibe with what CNN’s Pedro Pinto was expecting the former MVP to say, as he questions Rose’s answer and then wondered who the toughest guy to defend was, to which Rose predictably answered, LeBron James.Rose, James and Kobe Bryant are known as the three most competitive players in the NBA, so who could fault Rose for insinuating that he is, in fact, better than James, despite James’ second-consecutive NBA championship this past June? Who cares if it’s a preposterous claim seeing as Rose hasn’t suited up in over a full season? Maybe he knows something we don’t.Let’s not take this interview for gospel, either. After all, Rose, a Chicago native, was asked who his “basketball idol” was, and was then asked how much he watched that certain someone as a kid. So we’ll take this whole charade with a 12-ounce jar of Morton’s salt. Or better yet, we’ll consider it as significant as Rose throwing down a through-the-legs dunk…..on an eight-foot rim.That being said, what to take away from this? If nothing else, Rose’s confidence is back, which is all Bulls fans needed to hear.

Hawks to hold part of Training Camp at ND

The Blackhawks announced today that the team will open their 2013-14 training camp in Notre Dame, Ind., at the University of Notre Dame on Thursday, Sept. 12. All Blackhawks practices will be held at Compton Family Ice Arena from Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 15, before returning to the United Center on Monday, Sept. 16, for the team’s annual Training Camp Festival.

 “We are thankful that Notre Dame is allowing us to host our camp at their new state-of-the-art, world-class facility,” said Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman. “Opening camp on the road offers our players and coaching staff a unique team bonding atmosphere. We look forward to bringing Blackhawks hockey to our fans in Northwest Indiana.”

 “Notre Dame is honored to be able to host the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks at the Compton Family Ice Arena,” said University Vice President/Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick. “It is great to have the best team in hockey spend time at what we believe is one of the best hockey facilities in the country.”

A complete training camp schedule, including practice times, will be released at a later date

Hawks open defense of their Cup Oct 1 vs Caps, host Pens March 1 at Soldier Field

2013 Blackhawks Preseason Schedule
Date
Opp.
Venue
Time (CT)
Tue., Sept. 17
vs. Detroit Red Wings United Center 7:00 p.m.
Thu., Sept. 19
vs. Pittsburgh Penguins United Center 7:00 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 20
at Washington Capitals Verizon Center 6:00 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 22 at Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena 4:00 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 23 at Pittsburgh Penguins Consol Energy Center 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 28 vs. Washington Capitals United Center 7:00 p.m.

 

October 2013

Date Visitor Home Time (CT) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Tue Oct 1, 2013 Capitals Blackhawks 7:00 PM NBCSN Tickets
Sat Oct 5, 2013 Lightning Blackhawks 7:00 PM Tickets
Wed Oct 9, 2013 Blackhawks Blues 7:00 PM NBCSN
Fri Oct 11, 2013 Islanders Blackhawks 7:00 PM NHLN-US Tickets
Sat Oct 12, 2013 Sabres Blackhawks 7:00 PM NHLN-US Tickets
Tue Oct 15, 2013 Blackhawks Hurricanes 6:00 PM
Thu Oct 17, 2013 Blues Blackhawks 7:00 PM Tickets
Sat Oct 19, 2013 Maple Leafs Blackhawks 6:00 PM CBC, NHLN-US Tickets
Tue Oct 22, 2013 Blackhawks Panthers 6:30 PM
Thu Oct 24, 2013 Blackhawks Lightning 6:30 PM
Sat Oct 26, 2013 Wild Blackhawks 7:00 PM Tickets
Mon Oct 28, 2013 Blackhawks Wild 7:00 PM
Tue Oct 29, 2013 Senators Blackhawks 7:00 PM Tickets
November 2013

Date Visitor Home Time (CT) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Sat Nov 2, 2013 Blackhawks Jets 2:00 PM CBC, NHLN-US
Sun Nov 3, 2013 Flames Blackhawks 6:00 PM Tickets
Wed Nov 6, 2013 Jets Blackhawks 7:00 PM Tickets
Sat Nov 9, 2013 Blackhawks Stars 7:00 PM
Sun Nov 10, 2013 Oilers Blackhawks 6:00 PM Tickets
Thu Nov 14, 2013 Coyotes Blackhawks 7:00 PM Tickets
Sat Nov 16, 2013 Blackhawks Predators 7:00 PM
Sun Nov 17, 2013 Sharks Blackhawks 6:00 PM Tickets
Tue Nov 19, 2013 Blackhawks Avalanche 8:00 PM
Thu Nov 21, 2013 Blackhawks Jets 7:00 PM
Sat Nov 23, 2013 Blackhawks Canucks 9:00 PM CBC, NHLN-US
Mon Nov 25, 2013 Blackhawks Oilers 8:30 PM
Wed Nov 27, 2013 Blackhawks Flames 9:00 PM
Fri Nov 29, 2013 Blackhawks Stars 7:30 PM NHLN-US
Sat Nov 30, 2013 Blackhawks Coyotes 7:00 PM
December 2013

Date Visitor Home Time (CT) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Tue Dec 3, 2013 Stars Blackhawks 7:00 PM NBCSN Tickets
Thu Dec 5, 2013 Blackhawks Wild 7:00 PM NHLN-US
Fri Dec 6, 2013 Ducks Blackhawks 7:00 PM NHLN-US Tickets
Sun Dec 8, 2013 Panthers Blackhawks 6:00 PM Tickets
Tue Dec 10, 2013 Blackhawks Stars 7:30 PM
Wed Dec 11, 2013 Flyers Blackhawks 7:00 PM NBCSN Tickets
Sat Dec 14, 2013 Blackhawks Maple Leafs 6:00 PM CBC
Sun Dec 15, 2013 Kings Blackhawks 6:00 PM Tickets
Tue Dec 17, 2013 Blackhawks Predators 7:00 PM
Fri Dec 20, 2013 Canucks Blackhawks 7:00 PM NHLN-US Tickets
Mon Dec 23, 2013 Devils Blackhawks 7:00 PM Tickets
Fri Dec 27, 2013 Avalanche Blackhawks 7:00 PM Tickets
Sat Dec 28, 2013 Blackhawks Blues 7:00 PM
Mon Dec 30, 2013 Kings Blackhawks 7:00 PM NBCSN Tickets
January 2014

Date Visitor Home Time (CT) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Thu Jan 2, 2014 Blackhawks Islanders 6:00 PM
Fri Jan 3, 2014 Blackhawks Devils 6:00 PM
Sun Jan 5, 2014 Sharks Blackhawks 7:00 PM NBCSN Tickets
Wed Jan 8, 2014 Rangers Blackhawks 7:00 PM NBCSN Tickets
Sat Jan 11, 2014 Blackhawks Canadiens 6:00 PM CBC, RDS, NHLN-US
Sun Jan 12, 2014 Oilers Blackhawks 6:00 PM Tickets
Tue Jan 14, 2014 Avalanche Blackhawks 7:00 PM Tickets
Fri Jan 17, 2014 Ducks Blackhawks 7:00 PM NHLN-US Tickets
Sun Jan 19, 2014 Bruins Blackhawks 2:00 PM NBC, NBCSN Tickets
Wed Jan 22, 2014 Blackhawks Red Wings 7:00 PM NBCSN
Thu Jan 23, 2014 Blackhawks Wild 7:00 PM
Sun Jan 26, 2014 Jets Blackhawks 6:00 PM Tickets
Tue Jan 28, 2014 Blackhawks Flames 8:00 PM
Wed Jan 29, 2014 Blackhawks Canucks 9:00 PM
February 2014

Date Visitor Home Time (CT) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Sat Feb 1, 2014 Blackhawks Sharks 9:30 PM NHLN-US
Mon Feb 3, 2014 Blackhawks Kings 9:30 PM
Wed Feb 5, 2014 Blackhawks Ducks 9:00 PM
Fri Feb 7, 2014 Blackhawks Coyotes 8:00 PM
Thu Feb 27, 2014 Blackhawks Rangers 6:00 PM NHLN-US
March 2014

Date Visitor Home Time (CT) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Sat Mar 1, 2014 Penguins Blackhawks 7:00 PM Tickets
Tue Mar 4, 2014 Avalanche Blackhawks 7:00 PM Tickets
Thu Mar 6, 2014 Blue Jackets Blackhawks 7:00 PM Tickets
Sun Mar 9, 2014 Blackhawks Sabres 6:30 PM NBC, NBCSN
Wed Mar 12, 2014 Blackhawks Avalanche 8:30 PM
Fri Mar 14, 2014 Predators Blackhawks 7:00 PM NHLN-US Tickets
Sun Mar 16, 2014 Red Wings Blackhawks 6:30 PM NBC, NBCSN Tickets
Tue Mar 18, 2014 Blackhawks Flyers 6:30 PM NBCSN
Wed Mar 19, 2014 Blues Blackhawks 7:00 PM NBCSN Tickets
Fri Mar 21, 2014 Hurricanes Blackhawks 7:00 PM Tickets
Sun Mar 23, 2014 Predators Blackhawks 6:00 PM Tickets
Tue Mar 25, 2014 Stars Blackhawks 7:00 PM Tickets
Thu Mar 27, 2014 Blackhawks Bruins 6:00 PM NHLN-US
Fri Mar 28, 2014 Blackhawks Senators 6:30 PM
Sun Mar 30, 2014 Blackhawks Penguins 6:30 PM NBC, NBCSN
April 2014

Date Visitor Home Time (CT) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Thu Apr 3, 2014 Wild Blackhawks 7:00 PM NBCSN Tickets
Fri Apr 4, 2014 Blackhawks Blue Jackets 6:00 PM
Sun Apr 6, 2014 Blues Blackhawks 6:30 PM NBC, NBCSN Tickets
Wed Apr 9, 2014 Canadiens Blackhawks 6:30 PM RDS Tickets
Fri Apr 11, 2014 Blackhawks Capitals 6:00 PM
Sat Apr 12, 2014 Blackhawks Predators 7:00 PM NBCSN

 

 

Car Bomb headed for La La Land. Carcillo dealt to Darryl Sutter’s Kings for a Draft Pick.

Daniel Carcillo has been traded from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Los Angeles Kings for a draft pick. (USATSI)

Daniel Carcillo has been traded by the Blackhawks to the Los Angeles Kings for a draft pick. (USATSI)

The Blackhawks have sent forward Dan Carcillo to the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional 2015 draft pick, the team announced on Tuesday evening.Carcillo, known as “Car Bomb”, has one year remaining on his contract and will count $825,000 against the salary cap next season.He appeared in 23 games for the Hawks last season, scoring two goals to go with one assist. He saw action in four playoff games for Stanley Cup Champs.Injuries have really limited him in recent years, and he hasn’t been all that productive. He has been one of the most penalized players in the league since making his debut during the 2006-07 season.

Cubs earn second ever season sweep of Sox with 8-2 rout.

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Matt Garza improves to 4-0 in his last five starts, lowering his ERA from 4.94 to 3.22 in that span. (USATSI) Matt Garza improves to 4-0 in his last five starts, lowering his ERA from 4.94 to 3.22 in that span. (USATSI)

Matt Garza pitched seven strong innings, Alfonso Soriano homered and scored four runs, and the Cubs pulled away late to beat the White Sox 8-2 on Monday night.Dave Sappelt had a career-high four hits, while Soriano had three. Luis Valbuena drove in three runs, hitting the tiebreaking two-run double and scoring during a five-run eighth.Garza (5-1), meanwhile, came through with another terrific outing. He’s 4-0 in his last five starts after allowing two runs – one earned – and five hits, striking out six without a walk. He’s lowered his ERA from 4.98 to 3.22 during this stretch. Valbuena broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double off reliever Matt Thornton (0-3) and came around on a single by Sappelt off Nate Jones. Ransom capped the rally with a two-run, bases-loaded single, and the Cubs completed the four-game season sweep against their crosstown rivals and have now beaten the Southsiders in six of the past seven after the Sox had won 18 of 24.White Sox starter Hector Santiago lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits.The game, a makeup from May 28, this game was delayed 29 minutes at the start by rain.The Cubs continued to unload players before the game, trading outfielder Scott Hairston to the Washington Nationals for minor league pitcher Ivan Pineyro. In the past week alone, they’ve also dealt pitchers Scott Feldman and Carlos Marmol, along with catcher Steve Clevenger, and Garza could be on his way out, too.General manager Jed Hoyer acknowledged Monday that teams are interested in the right-hander, saying he’s “a guy we’ve gotten a lot of phone calls on” and has “opened a lot of eyes” of late.Garza gave up a solo drive in the third to Josh Phegley, who hit his first career homer against Tampa Bay’s David Price on Sunday. That made him the quickest White Sox rookie to homer in consecutive games since Magglio Ordonez went deep in his second and third games in 1997.Soriano gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead when he knocked a high pitch to the seats in left leading off the sixth, just after lightning flashed and thunder cracked. The home run was his 13th on the season and sixth in 10 games. It was also the 385th of his career, putting him in sole possession of 59th place on baseball’s all-time list ahead of former White Sox All-Star Harold Baines.But the White Sox immediately tied it, thanks to some shaky defense by the Cubs.Second baseman Darwin Barney threw wildly to first on an infield single by Gordon Beckham with one out, allowing the runner to advance to second, and a single by Alex Rios put men on the corners. With two outs, catcher Dioner Navarro bounced a throw to second that Barney could not handle on a double steal, allowing Beckham to score the tying run. It was also the first time a White Sox player swiped home since Juan Pierre did it against Cleveland on Oct. 2, 2010.

NOTES—The Cubs completed the four-game season sweep against their crosstown rivals and have now beaten the Southsiders in six of the past seven after the Sox had won 18 of 24. The only previous Season sweep was in 1998 when the Cubs won all three meetings from the Sox. The only time anyone has won more than four in the season in the Cross Town series was in 2007 when the Cubs took five of six….. The Sox have won four of six many times, but never more than four in a single season….Neither team had swept the season series with its crosstown rival since they moved to a home-and-home format in 1999. … The White Sox open a three-game series at Detroit on Tuesday, with LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.69 ERA) starting against RHP Justin Verlander (9-5, 3.54). … All Star Travis Wood (5-6, 2.69) starts Tuesday for the Cubs against the Angels, with RHP Joe Blanton (2-10, 5.14) going for the Angels…..The Cubs outscored the Sox 32-8 in the four games this season.

Hawks bring Khabibulin back. Emery and Stalberg gone.

The Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin on a one-year contract. Khabibulin previously spent four seasons with the Blackhawks from 2005 to 2009, including a trip to the 2009 Western Conference Final.The Sverdlovsk, Russia, native has earned a 332-334-58-38 record, with 46 shutouts, a 2.72 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 795 games over a 17-season NHL career with Winnipeg, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, the Hawks, and Edmonton from 1994 to 2013, and has posted at least 20 wins 10 times during his career. Khabibulin, 40, owns a 39-31 record, with six shutouts, a 2.40 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 72 career post-season games, and was a member of the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning.Khabibulin posted a 4-6-1 record, with one shutout, a 2.54 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 12 appearances with the Edmonton Oilers during the 2013 NHL campaign.

At the same time, Ray Emery and Viktor Stalberg signed elswshere. Emery came to terms  with the Philadelphia Flyers, and Stalberg signed with the Nashville Predators, a Division Opponent of the Hawks.

Rose says he ‘had to be selfish’ to get healthy

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In an interview posted on Bulls.com Wednesday, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said that his ACL injury which held him out more than a year, forcing him to miss the entire season and the team’s playoff run, forced him to be “selfish.”

“I’m not a selfish guy at all, but having this injury and going through what I had to go through and being smart, it’s something that I had to be selfish with,” he said. “I couldn’t worry about anyone else but myself and my health.”

Rose took a lot of flak for holding out the year, especially after doctors cleared him early spring to return. Rose practiced five-on-five for months, but never actually made it onto the active list. It sparked questions of whether he should go through the pain and fear, especially with the Bulls advancing to the second round despite a myriad of injuries to nearly all their key players.But Rose stuck with his process and decided he wasn’t ready. He wasn’t going to be pushed into it by fans or media, and now he’s got an extra six months to get ready. Come October, though, if he’s not ready by then, the maelstrom will be even louder. As for why Rose was able to practice, but not play, Rose explained:

“When you’re in practice, it’s not in game-type speed. Game-type experience is totally different.”

Rose talked about the strong bond with his teammates and how he felt they were almost “playing for him” in the playoffs when they upset the Nets and gave the Heat a decent fight in a five-game series.Now it’s Rose’s turn to play for them. It’s going to take a little longer to see Rose on the court, but he’s doing interviews now. He’s working out harder than ever. And the world is still waiting.

Forman addresses Bulls dismissal of Assistant Ron Adams

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DEERFIELD—Over the weekend, Bulls general manager Gar Forman decided not to renew the contract of Ron Adams, the top assistant on head coach Tom Thibodeau’s staff.Tuesday at the Berto Center, Forman discussed the decision that could create animosity between he and Thibodeau.

“We want to thank Ron for what he’s brought and wish him the best of luck in the future,” Forman told the Tribune. “We make tens if not hundreds of decisions every year, from free agency to trades to the draft to different personnel within the organization. When we make a decision like this, it doesn’t serve anybody well to go into detail. The decision was made by me because I felt it was best for the Bulls moving forward.”

Though Thibodeau wouldn’t directly comment on the firing of his top lieutenant, he issued the following statement:

“Ron is a great friend, an outstanding coach and I will miss him,” Thibodeau said.

Forman, however, was confident there would be no lasting negativity between he and his head coach, who signed a four-year extension with the Bulls that kicks in next season.

“Tom and I talked about it,” Forman said. “Tom and I communicate on a daily basis. There are times where I may make decisions that Tom doesn’t totally agree with. There may be times where Tom makes decisions that I don’t totally agree with. It’s like that in any business. I’ve got to make decisions that I feel are best for the Bulls. Once a decision is made, we unite and move forward.”

Hawks re-sign Bickell, trade Bolland and Frolik for Draft picks.

NEWARK—Six days after combining on the Stanley Cup-clinching goal, the Blackhawks traded away Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik in order to free up enough space under the NHL salary cap to re-sign Bryan Bickell to a four-year contract.It all happened early in the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center on Sunday.

“I’ve known Bolland for a long time and he was a big part of these Cup runs we had [in 2010 and 2013], but they felt they needed to move some guys to be able to keep me and I’m just happy that they wanted me that bad,” Bickell said on a conference call Sunday. “To see those two guys gone it’s unfortunate, but I’m just happy to be in this situation.”

Bickell, who could have become an unrestricted free agent July 5, said he understands that with the big contract comes more pressure to produce like he did in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when he had nine goals and 17 points in 23 games and developed instant chemistry playing left wing on a line with center Jonathan Toews and right wing Patrick Kane.Toews, Kane and Bickell combined for 13 points after being reunited starting with Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. Bickell scored the game-tying goal with 76 seconds left in Game 6 of the Final off a feed from Toews.

“There’s going to be more pressure,” Bickell said. “They’re going to rely on me more. I feel this playoffs I took a big step in the way I need to play and the consistency level I need to bring, but I feel I can bring that every night. I know what it takes now, what they want, and hopefully I can just bring it.”

Bickell had 23 points in 48 regular-season games and has 90 points, including 40 goals, in 220 NHL games since making his debut during the 2006-07 season. Bickell was chosen by the Blackhawks in the second round (No. 41) of the 2004 NHL Draft.I feel like Chicago is a second home. You can’t beat the city, the fans the team. I’m happy to be back. It’s an awesome feeling. – Bryan Bickell

“I feel like Chicago is a second home,” Bickell said. “You can’t beat the city, the fans the team. I’m happy to be back. It’s an awesome feeling.”

Ironically, for Bickell to stay it took trading away one of his longtime teammates, Bolland, who also was part of Chicago’s 2004 draft class.Bolland grew up just outside of Toronto in Mimico, Ontario, and played minor hockey with Bickell for the Toronto Red Wings before joining the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Blackhawks have acquired the 51st and 117th overall selections in the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft and a fourth-round selection in the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Dave Bolland.

The Hawks also have acquired the 74th and 134th overall selections in the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for forward Michael Frolik. The Czech Republic native has tallied 151 points (61G, 90A) in 349 career NHL games with the Blackhawks and Florida Panthers.