3:49 AM EDT, Fri September 19, 2014

Bowman: Cap issue will play itself out soon

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman reiterated Thursday he’s confident the Blackhawks will get under the salary cap before the start of the regular season. The Blackhawks are around $1.3 million over the $69 million cap and would have to shed more cap payroll if they wanted to include Teuvo Teravainen or any of their other prospects on the NHL roster. Bowman believed the Blackhawks would be able to locate a trade partner in the coming weeks.

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Hawks storylines (No. 4): Defense return to form

ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers counts down the days to the opening of Blackhawks training camp on Friday with a look at 20 storylines facing the team this season. Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville hit the panic button with his defensemen by the end of the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Kings last season. After pairing Johnny Oduya with Niklas Hjalmarsson, Duncan Keith with Brent Seabrook and Nick Leddy with a rotating player all season long, Quenneville decided the Blackhawks needed a change.

Barker among 52 on Hawks camp roster

The Chicago Blackhawks announced their training camp roster on Thursday. Among the free agents attending the camp will be defenseman Cam Barker, selected by the Blackhawks with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2004 draft and later traded to the Minnesota Wild for Nick Leddy. Barker played in the KHL last season. The Blackhawks open training camp at Notre Dame on Friday and will hold their annual Training Camp Festival at the United Center on Monday.

Hawks storyline (No. 5): More Kane, Toews

ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers counts down the days to the opening of Blackhawks training camp on Friday with a look at 20 storylines facing the team this season. The Chicago Blackhawks aren't going to pay Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews a combined $168 million in their next contracts for what they have already accomplished. Their individual successes -- the two Stanley Cups and being the faces of the organization -- certainly added to their price tag.

Hawks storylines (No. 6): Saad's progress

ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers counts down the days to the opening of Blackhawks training camp on Friday with a look at 20 storylines facing the team this season. It's not as if the Chicago Blackhawks didn't have an idea what they had in forward Brandon Saad prior to the Western Conference finals last season. But what Saad did during that series against the Los Angeles Kings was something beyond what he had shown the Blackhawks during his first 1 1/2 seasons.

Cubs Game Day: Arrieta no hits allowed through 6

The summary: With ace Jake Arrieta on the mound, the Cubs hold a 2-0 lead over the Reds in the sixth inning. Arrieta hasn’t allowed a hit through the first six innings. With slugger Anthony Rizzo receiving a prescribed rest for his back and center fielder Arismendy Alcantara out with a...

Hawks' Danault impresses at rookie tourney

Nearly everyone on the Chicago Blackhawks rookie tournament team displayed some positives and negatives throughout their recent games in London, Ontario. That was expected considering it was the first real competition most of the players had experienced since April. The one exception was Blackhawks forward prospect Phillip Danault. Coming off a so-so first professional season, Danault began his second season on a high note. He set up two goals in the Blackhawks’ first game against the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie team and scored a goal in the second game against the Ottawa Senators...
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Tony Stewart fatal dirt-track accident to be heard by grand jury

The circumstances surrounding a fatal dirt-track accident involving three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in upstate New York last month will be heard by a grand jury, authorities said on Tuesday.

Hawks storylines (No. 7): Cap management

ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers counts down the days to the opening of Blackhawks training camp on Sept. 19 with a look at 20 storylines facing the team this season. How Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman manages the salary cap and whether he can keep the Blackhawks a Stanley Cup contender will be an ongoing storyline for nearly the next decade. Bowman succeeded in re-signing Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to long-term extensions this offseason.
Chicago Tribune Sep 16, 2014

What we learned about Bears in Week 2

The Chicago Bears got their season back on course Sunday with a 28-20 comeback victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The rousing comeback, completed despite key injuries on both sides of the ball, silenced the flood of Week 1 doomsday critics who had gained momentum through the first half....

Hawks storylines (No. 8): Aging players

ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers counts down the days to the opening of Blackhawks training camp on Sept. 19 with a look at 20 storylines facing the team this season. Age appeared to catch up with Michal Handzus and Michal Rozsival last season. Both had played roles in the Chicago Blackhawks' run to the Stanley Cup during the 2013 playoffs, and neither could return to that form in the 2014 playoffs. Handzus was demoted to the fourth line, and Rozsival was a healthy scratch for two playoff games last season.

How Bears' latest improbable comeback compares to list of rallies

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Hawks storylines (No. 9): A consistent Bickell

ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers counts down the days to the opening of Blackhawks training camp on Sept. 19 with a look at 20 storylines facing the team this season. Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell is hopeful a big summer leads to a big regular season for him. Bickell understood going into the offseason he's expected to begin producing in the regular season as he has in the playoffs the past few seasons. "I think this is a big summer for me to get in shape and to be more of a regular-season guy, not just a playoff guy," Bickell said after last season.

Hawks storylines (No. 10 ): Third D-pairing

Nick Leddy is expected to be a fixture as the Chicago Blackhawks’ No. 5 defenseman again. What’s up in the air is which players will fill the No. 6, No. 7 and even possibly No. 8 defenseman roles for the Blackhawks this season. Unless Leddy is traded, which his agent recently said he doesn’t expect, Leddy could be paired with a different defenseman on any given night as he did last season. He found himself partnered with Michal Rozsival, Sheldon Brookbank, Mike Kostka and David Rundblad last season.

Hawks storylines: No. 11 Shaw's role

ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers counts down the days to the opening of Blackhawks training camp on Sept. 19 with a look at 20 storylines facing the team this season. The Chicago Blackhawks' offseason signing of Brad Richards likely ended Andrew Shaw's second-line opportunity. But coming off Shaw's successful stint with Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad on the second line in the playoffs last season and now nearing 200-plus NHL games in a variety of roles, especially as the third-line center, the question is how do the Blackhawks best use Shaw?

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