Seabrook out, Bolland in vs. Canucks


Seabrook out, Bolland in vs. Canucks

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Posted: 11:35 a.m. Updated: 12:54 p.m.

By Tracey Myers

A day after Brent Seabrook said he was sore but otherwise fine after taking a shoulder-to-head hit from RaffiTorres, the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman apparently isnt.

Seabrook is out and center Dave Bolland is in as the Blackhawks try to avoid elimination against the Vancouver Canucks tonight at the United Center. Neither Seabrook nor Bolland skated this morning with their teammates; Bollands absence was apparently just a morning off.

Joel Quenneville said John Scott could be the Blackhawks sixth defenseman tonight.

Addressing the media yesterday, Seabrook said the rest of his body was feeling the effects of that hit more than his head. But apparently the defensemans health took a turn overnight. Asked if Seabrook was sorer today, Quenneville said we dont disclose everything but sore could mean a lot of things.

WATCH: Raffi Torres' hard hit on Seabrook

Torres, who did not talk to the media again today, is in the Canucks lineup tonight.

Hes a physical, emotional player, Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. Hes going to play the same way.

Torres received no supplementary discipline besides the two-minute interference call for the Game 3 hit. Quenneville reiterated today that he felt it shouldve been a major penalty, but he did not question the lack of suspension.

Meanwhile, Bolland has been cleared and is ready to go tonight. Despite the physical nature of this series, Quenneville said Bolland will not be held back.

Watching him skate and practice we think hes been ready to play for a while. It was just a matter of getting him going and getting clearance, he said. He feels good about himself, he feels he can handle the responsibility and hes going to get some as well.

Bolland frustrated the Canucks last postseason, specifically Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

Its been the same way all year. We have a lot of guys (jabbing at) us. Its something to live with, Henrik Sedin said. You havent seen (that frustration) from us this year.

Bryan Bickell and Ryan Johnson are also in for the Blackhawks tonight. TomasKopecky is out.

Thoughts of Flyers

The Blackhawks are facing the daunting 0-3 hole in a playoff series but they look at what Philadelphia did last postseason and realize theres always a chance. The Flyers were down 3-0 to Boston in their conference semifinals last year before winning that series.

Its easy to think that it is possible, seeing it happened last year, Jonathan Toews said. Its not thinking about winning four games in a row, were thinking about winning tonight. Well see after that.

WATCH: Jeremy Roenick and Hockey Central crew preview Game 4, what do Blackhawks need to do?

Quenneville said well look at the smaller picture, play good consecutive shifts. We havent been our best this series. Weve progressed in games but there is still a level we havent gotten to yet.

No Calder for Crawford

Despite winning 33 games in 57 appearances this season, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford was not a finalist for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHLs best rookie.

Crawford, however, wasnt too upset thats the least of my worries right now, he said. Still, teammates were surprised he wasnt among the top three.

He definitely deserves it, Toews said. I guess it shows there are a lot of great young players this year because he had a heck of a year. Without him, who knows if wed be this far. He stepped up, especially when we needed him.

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

Local product and former fan Jason Kipnis has 'zero conflict' extending Cubs' World Series title drought

Local product and former fan Jason Kipnis has 'zero conflict' extending Cubs' World Series title drought

CLEVELAND — His first loves were Ryne Sandberg, Mark Grace and Sammy Sosa. He believes Steve Bartman is totally innocent. And he’s ecstatic to see the Cubs in the World Series because of what it means to his family and friends.

But don’t mistake any of the Cubs nostalgia that Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is feeling for weakness. When the 112th World Series kicks off between the Cubs and Indians on Tuesday night, the Northbrook native has no issue extending the North Siders’ misery one more year.

“Let me reiterate — there’s zero conflict at all,” Kipnis said at media day on Monday at Progressive Field. “It was like, ‘Why do I have to beat the Cubs?’ Not ‘Why does this have to be versus the Cubs?’ There’s not one part of me that (wants the curse to end). Let’s be clear on that.”

What isn’t quite as certain is Kipnis’ status for Game 1, which starts at 7:08 p.m. CST. The veteran sustained a freak ankle injury — “it wasn’t exactly a mild sprain,” he said — during a victory celebration on Wednesday after the Indians wrapped up their first American League pennant since 1997. Kipnis said the swelling in his ankle has reduced and he’s hopeful to be ready to play “on the biggest stage in front of everyone I know.”

Already pleased with his own accomplishments, Kipnis, 29, said he was overcome with emotion on Saturday night as he read the social media posts of friends and family after the Cubs wrapped up their first trip to the Fall Classic since 1945. Kipnis’ love for the Cubs started early with Sandberg and Grace and flourished with the epic 1998 home run chase between Sosa and Mark McGwire.

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A neighbor of Bartman’s, Kipnis hopes the Cubs reunite with one of the most infamous fans in baseball history now that the club has returned to the World Series after a 71-year absence. Kipnis recalls how the incident made Bartman the talk of the town and how it also required a police presence outside his home in case an overzealous fan took things a little too far.

“He never asked for all the stuff that probably happened to him afterwards,” Kipnis said. “I don’t think he deserved any of that. He’s actually probably a very loyal fan and wanted a foul ball and it was just the way the events turned that turned him into a scapegoat.

“I would love it to see if he threw out a first pitch. Probably everyone would go nuts.”

Despite their love of the Cubs, Kipnis said loved ones refuse to put him in awkward spot. He knows how deep their attachments are and yet Kipnis has never felt any animosity — even if he wants to extend the drought one more year.

“It’s just what I grew up around and it’s just going to be fun,” Kipnis said. “It shouldn’t be a conflict, shouldn’t be nerve-wracking at all. It’s really just one of those professional perfect storms that kind of comes to a player’s opportunity where you get to play in front of everyone you know.

“They’re like, ‘There’s no question who we’re rooting for.’ That means a lot to me.”

Danny Salazar's return gives Cubs another All-Star pitcher to deal with in World Series

Danny Salazar's return gives Cubs another All-Star pitcher to deal with in World Series

CLEVELAND — While official 25-man World Series rosters haven’t been announced yet, Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar — who hasn’t pitched in the playoffs due to a mild strain of the flexor muscle in his right arm — said Monday he was informed he’ll be a part of the Indians’ efforts to win their first World Series since 1948.

Unless, of course, he has an odd accident (like the infamous drone-related one Cleveland right-hander Trevor Bauer suffered) before Tuesday morning.

“Nothing's official, so if we have another drone incident or anything with model airplanes or anything, we reserve the right until we have to turn it in,” Francona cracked.

So barring another bizarre misfortune befitting of Mr. Burns' softball team of ringers from “The Simpsons,” Salazar gives Cleveland “another really good arm that's kind of a wild card that we think could help us,” Francona said.

The Indians and Salazar aren’t sure how they’ll use the 2016 All Star, but however they do, it’ll likely be in Game 4 in Chicago. Salazar could be in line for an abbreviated start or to relieve rookie left-hander Ryan Merritt, who threw 4 1/3 innings in the Indians’ American League Championship Series clinching win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Oct. 19.

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Salazar, who hasn’t started a game since Sept. 9, said he threw 45 pitches over three innings in a simulated game Sunday and said he’s “ready for everything” in the World Series. He could throw more than 45 pitches if he is called upon as a starter in Game 4 but likely will be on a strict pitch count. His only other limitation is that he hasn’t thrown his curveball while rehabbing yet, though that’s a pitch he only threw 5.1 percent of the time in 2016.

Salazar’s largest weakness in the regular season was an off-and-on lack of control. He issued three or more walks in 11 of his 25 starts. Right-handers had considerably more success against him — a .264/.351/.404 slash line — which could be a positive if Merritt, a left-hander, starts and Salazar is in line to relieve him.

But nonetheless, having to face Salazar adds another wrinkle to the Cubs’ first World Series berth in 71 years, whether or not he pitches out of the bullpen. The 26-year-old led Indians starters with a 27.6-percent strikeout rate, largely using his power changeup to get swings and misses while mixing plenty of mid-90s fastballs and mixing in a few breaking balls here and there.

“He's got unbelievable stuff,” Indians Game 1 starter Corey Kluber said. “That would be definitely an extra weapon to have on our pitching staff.”