Blackhawks' Stalberg ruled out vs. Predators

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Blackhawks' Stalberg ruled out vs. Predators

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010
12:16 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg will not play tonight against the Nashville Predators. But he, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane could be ready to go, or very close to it, after Christmas, coach Joel Quenneville said this morning.

Stalberg (head) has been cleared to play but Quenneville said there was no need to rush him back in for just one game prior to the Christmas break.

Weve got a full three days (off) there, so were not changing lineup. (tonight), Quenneville said. Hell be ready to go after the break.

Hossa, who skated with the Blackhawks this morning, could also be ready right after Christmas. Kane skated by himself prior to morning skate and Quenneville said he did well. Well see how he presents himself out of the break with a chance of playing in one of those first couple of games.

The Blackhawks will face the Predators for the third time this season; Nashville won the first two games.

We want to make sure the focus is in the right place, Quenneville said. Its like going into all-star games when you have a week off. We want to go into the break with some momentum. Lets make sure our mindset is in the right place. This is a game where were playing a real dangerous opponent.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Rich get richer as Buckeyes land another elite quarterback recruit

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Rich get richer as Buckeyes land another elite quarterback recruit

Urban Meyer seems to firmly believe that it’s impossible to have too much of a good thing.

Ohio State hauled in its latest top-flight quarterback recruit on Friday, earning the commitment of Class of 2018 four-star signal-caller Emory Jones, who’s ranked as one of Rivals’ top-100 recruits in the class.

Jones’ commitment is a big deal and a big get, but this is hardly anything new for the Buckeyes, who have landed one highly ranked quarterbacking prospect after another in recent years, meaning Meyer has an overflowing stockpile of quarterbacks on his hands.

Jones in the Class of 2018 joins a pair of fellow future Buckeye quarterbacks in Tate Martell and Danny Clark. Martell is the top-ranked quarterback in the Class of 2017, and Clark isn’t too far behind. Dwayne Haskins Jr., a five-star commit, comes to Columbus this fall. Last year’s recruiting class featured Torrance Gibson (also a five-star recruit now labeled a quarterback/wide receiver on Ohio State's roster) and Joe Burrow. The year prior brought Stephen Collier, who if not for an offseason ACL tear would be J.T. Barrett’s backup this season.

And don’t forget that Barrett is still just a redshirt junior, allowing him to return for his senior season in 2017.

All in all, it means Meyer is going to have quite the quandary on his hands involving the quarterback situation a few years down the road.

Sound familiar? Meyer didn’t have the best go of things attempting to juggle Barrett and Cardale Jones last season and only avoided a three-way headache when Braxton Miller moved to wide receiver.

Logically, it wouldn’t seem that all of the aforementioned guys would stick with Ohio State, likely opting for a chance at a starting job elsewhere rather than serve as backups for their entire — or even just the majority of their college careers.

But it’s true also that the Buckeyes have relied heavily on backup quarterbacks over the last three seasons. Prior to last season’s indecision at the position, Barrett took over for an injured Miller, and Cardale Jones succeeded Barrett when the latter suffered a season-ending injury in the regular-season finale, leading the Buckeyes to a national championship. And in 2013 — when Miller was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year — backup Kenny Guiton still managed to pitch 14 touchdown passes in limited time.

Regardless of any future headaches, though, this squarely falls into the "good problem to have" category.

28 Days to Kickoff: St. Charles North

28 Days to Kickoff: St. Charles North

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 1, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 26. You can view Edgy Tim's other football previews here.

School: St. Charles North

Head coach: Robert Pomaczak

Assistant coaches: Dan Meyo (assistant head coach), Brian Flynn (offensive coordinator), Rick Magsamen (defensive coordinator), Tom Poulin (special teams), Jeff Petersen and Joe Nemetz.

How they fared in 2015: 7-3 (4-2) Upstate 8 River Conference. St. Charles North made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost to Benet Academy in opening-round action.

Biggest storyline in 2016: Is this the year that the North Stars win the Upstate 8 River conference?

Names to watch this season: WR/TE Griffin Hammer, OT Isaac Hawn

Biggest holes to fill: Can the North Stars find some answers in the defensive backfield after graduation losses from this past spring?

EDGY's early take: St. Charles North, with 13 starters returning, has continued to take positive steps under Pomaczak. North has the makings of doing some big things this fall, however playing both Batavia and Geneva on the road in Weeks 8 and 9 is an enormous task to say the least.

Richmond-Burton OT Dalton Wagner commits to Arkansas

Richmond-Burton OT Dalton Wagner commits to Arkansas

The top-ranked Class of 2017 offensive tackle in the state is off the board.

Richmond-Burton's Dalton Wagner, a four-star offensive tackle, gave Arkansas head coach Brett Bielema his verbal commitment Friday morning. Wagner has been at Arkansas since Thursday making an unofficial visit and announced his decision via his Twitter account.

Wagner narrowed his favorites down to Indiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas last month. Wagner is now the 19th known verbal commitment in the Razorbacks' 2017 recruiting class and the first from Illinois.