The Chicago Blackhawks will open the 2012-13 regular season at the United Center. Now lets see if the season actually starts then.
The Blackhawks will host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 13 as the NHL released teams regular-season schedules on Thursday morning. The Blackhawks will travel to Winnipeg in their next game, on Oct. 16.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins are among the Eastern Conference teams that will visit the United Center this season.
The Phoenix Coyotes -- if theyre still in Arizona come autumn -- who ended the Blackhawks postseason in the first round, will be back in Chicago on Oct. 30. The Vancouver Canucks wont be here until Feb. 24.
The Blackhawks will still have their circus and ice show trips in November and February, respectively, and theyll also have a season-long, seven-game homestand from Feb. 15 (vs. Anaheim Ducks) to March 1 (vs. Minnesota Wild). The homestand equals the longest the franchise has ever had; also had it in 1926-27, 1951-52 and 1969-70 seasons.
Now, will the schedule be played in its entirety, partially or not at all? The current collective bargaining agreement expires in the fall and its uncertain how quickly or slowly it will take to get a new one in place and get the new season rolling.
Check back for the complete schedule.
The Bears made things official Friday morning, announcing the signing of free-agent quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez has been much maligned since he was selected by the New York Jets with the fifth-overall pick in the 2009 draft.
In eight seasons — four with the New York Jets, two with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the Dallas Cowboys — he's started 72 of the 77 games he's played in, completing 56.7 percent of his passes for 15,219 yards and 86 touchdowns compared to 86 interceptions.
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He went to the playoffs in each of his first two seasons, reaching the AFC Championship Game with the Jets in both 2009 and 2010. In six career playoff games, he completed 60.5 percent of his throws for 1,155 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions.
Sanchez, the USC product, played in just two games as a backup with the Cowboys last season, completing 10 of his 18 passing attempts for 93 yards.
Sanchez joins a reshaped Bears quarterback group that added Mike Glennon as an expected starter earlier this offseason.
The White Sox will battle the Oakland Athletics today, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins at 3:05 p.m.
Today's starting pitching matchup: Carlos Rodon vs. Kendall Graveman
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