Hawks GM comments on commitment to Coach Q

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Hawks GM comments on commitment to Coach Q

Since former Blackhawks assistant general manager Marc Bergevin was hired as the Canadiens' GM, rumors began circulating that Joel Quenneville could join him as the new head coach in Montreal.

In an interview with Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman wouldn't comment directly on the rumors, but said he is committed to Coach Q.

Does this mean Quenneville will remain in Chicago?

When asked if he anticipated Q's return, whose contract runs through the 2013-14 season, Bowman said "yes" with a chuckle. A chuckle that may have suggested the rumors were far from true.

After the Blackhawks were ousted from the postseason in the first round by the Phoenix Coyotes, Bowman said there were no hard feeling between himself and Quenneville.

"Our relationship wasn't strained at all," Bowman said back on April 25 when he met with the media to discuss the team's elimination. "We have great communication back and forth. We see things very similarly in terms of areas that need improvement. So, from that perspective, I think there's a lot of synergy between the two of us."

But other issues within the front office may have been enough to make Q want to look at other options outside of the Windy City. The Chicago Tribune has also reported Quenneville was unhappy with the hiring of Barry Smith, whose role was to work with the team on their power play. A feud between the two is said to have ended Barry's on-ice role during the playoffs.

As for the players, it sounds like no one wants to see their coach leave.

"Joel is a great coach," Patrick Sharp said. "It doesn't surprise me that those rumors are out there. I think a lot of teams would like to have him, but we're all happy to play for him, that's for sure."

Quenneville was unavailable for comment and questions of his return continue to circulate, but for now we know his players and general manager would like to keep him in Chicago.
What do you think Joel Quenneville's chances are of staying with the Blackhawks?

Sports Business Insider: Ben Zobrist earning his paycheck with Cubs

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Sports Business Insider: Ben Zobrist earning his paycheck with Cubs

The Cubs added just under $19 million in salary over the next four years when they opted for veteran Ben Zobrist at second base over Starlin Castro this past offseason.

After winning a World Series with the Kansas City Royals, Zobrist inked a four-year, $56 million deal with the Cubs, which prompted the North Siders to trade Castro to the New York Yankees.

So far the move has paid immediate dividends in 2016.

Zobrist is either tied or has better numbers than Castro in every major statistical category through 47 games this season.

Check out the latest Sports Business Insider video above to see how the two second baseman stack up this season.

NBA Draft Profile: Utah C Jakob Poeltl

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NBA Draft Profile: Utah C Jakob Poeltl

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2016 NBA Draft we will provide profiles of more than 50 prospects, including video interviews with each player, what they're saying leading up to draft day as well as their potential fit with the Bulls.

Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah

7'0" | 230 lbs. | 20 years old

2015-16 stats:

17.2 points, 9.1 rebounds, 64.6% FG, 1.6 blocks, 30.4 minutes

Projection:

Lottery

Quotable:

"I feel like I acvtually fit that style pretty good. Because the league's getting smaller but also you have to be more versatile as a big, you have to do more different stuff like step out a little bit, like be able to handle the ball, be able to pass the ball. And I feel like that's somethign I'm actually pretty good at. So I think I'll fit in pretty well."

Rotoworld mock draft selection:

10. Milwaukee Bucks: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah – Greg Monroe hasn’t really seemed to gel with Jason Kidd’s offense and defense, but Poeltl has the potential to step in and help on both ends. He has above-average potential as a rim protector, and though not the most athletic player, he is skilled on the offensive end, comfortable in the pick-and-roll, and can make an impact on the offensive boards.

Fit for the Bulls:

It could be an offseason of change for the Bulls' frontcourt, as both Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol are set to become free agents. The Bulls hit on their Bobby Portis selection last year, and adding Poeltl to the mix would give a solid rim protector and post presence. Poeltl would be an excellent complement to Portis' stretch game. And if the Bulls opt to bring back one of Gasol or Noah, Poeltl would have a solid mentor to learn from. He'll become the first Austrian to ever play in the NBA, so the Bulls' fan base would grow exponentially in central Europe, for what it's worth.

87 Days to Kickoff: Woodstock North

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87 Days to Kickoff: Woodstock 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.

School: Woodstock North Thunder

Head coach: Jeff Schroeder

Assistant coaches:  John Fredericks, Matt Polnow, Chris Jackowiak

How they fared in 2015: 4-5 (2-4) Fox Valley (Fox). Woodstock North failed to qualify for the 2015 IHSA state football playoff field.

Biggest storyline in 2016: How will the Thunder fare in the new Kishwaukee River Conference in 2016?

Names to watch this season: OL/DL Zach Schau RB/DB Collin Mergi QB/LB Matt Zinnen

Biggest holes to fill: The Thunder will need to get some numbers and depth this season with several starters planning to play on both sides of the football.

EDGY's Early Take: The Thunder, along with sister school Woodstock, move into the new Kishwaukee River Conference along with several former Big Northern schools. The conference should benefit Woodstock North from an overall enrollment standpoint. Expect the Thunder to compete for a conference title and a state playoff spot.