NHL talks continue with cautious optimism

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NHL talks continue with cautious optimism

There wasnt much commenting from commissioner Gary Bettman, nor team powers that be after the NHL Board of Governors meeting in New York this afternoon. But since talks are still ongoing inside closed doors, the lack of talking outside of them isnt so bad.

Bettman told reporters he was pleased with the process that is ongoing after meeting with the leagues Board of Governors, and right before owners and players talked for the second consecutive day. Bettman didnt comment past that, out of respect for that process.

The Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews and Jamal Mayers are part of the owner-player talks. Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz and president John McDonough were president for the BOG meeting.

Its the first sign of real optimism in some time. Owners and players met most of Tuesday in New York and did so again prior to the BOG meeting today. Columbus Blue Jackets president John Davidson told reporters, we feel good about the information we got. CSNPhilly.coms Tim Panaccio learned that the BOG talked about a 50-60 game season.

Does that mean a deal is imminent? Well, lets just be very happy things are going in the right direction right now, and that another round of playerowner talks are currently in session this afternoon. The sense of urgency seems to finally be there then again, considering its December, it ought to be.

Which current Blackhawks would Jeremy Roenick like to play with?

Which current Blackhawks would Jeremy Roenick like to play with?

Is there anyone who wouldn't want to play with Patrick Kane?

Jeremy Roenick joined In The Loop on Wednesday to discuss which current Blackhawks he would like to play with, and naturally, the reigning MVP topped his list.

"He would be my No. 1 choice," Roenick said. "There's no question about it."

But Roenick said there are two more Blackhawks he would like to lace them up with.

"I wouldn't mind playing with (Artemi) Panarin also," he said. "I would love to play with Jonathan Toews. I think I'd play well with all three of them."

Roenick also gave high praise to coach Joel Quenneville, saying he is one of the best coaches in all of sports. Roenick even compared Quenneville to "the Bill Belichick of hockey."

See what else the Roenick had to say in the video above.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Jamal Mayers discuss the bottom six carrying the Blackhawks to a come-from-behind win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Later, Mayers weighs in on possible targets with the NHL trade deadline just six weeks away.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below: