Smith out four months after surgery

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Smith out four months after surgery

Last spring Ben Smith was the Blackhawks productive call-up for their series against the Vancouver Canucks. Now the forward faces season-ending surgery.

Smith will undergo endoscopic surgery next Thursday after suffering a right hip labral tear and hernia, Blackhawks physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement today. The Blackhawks, according to the statement, anticipate a full recovery in approximately 16 weeks.

The 23-year-old Smith played 13 games for the Blackhawks this season, recording two goals. He also had 15 goals and 31 points in 38 games with the Rockford IceHogs this season.

Bears Talk Podcast: What should Bears do at quarterback?

Bears Talk Podcast: What should Bears do at quarterback?

On the latest edition of the Bears Talk Podcast, Chris Boden and John "Moon" Mullin discuss the Bears' quarterback situation.

The guys discuss the pitfalls of trading for a veteran, backup QB while also looking at some of the college players the team could be interested in.

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Finally, Devin Hester is contemplating retirement. Is he worthy of the NFL Hall of Fame?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs visit White House as World Series champions

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs visit White House as World Series champions

On the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, David Kaplan is joined by David Haugh (Chicago Tribune) and Jason Goch (SB Nation Radio) to discuss the Cubs' visit to the White House.

The guys reflect on the historic day and Theo Epstein's speech. Then, the panel breaks down the Packers' impressive run and question whether it's okay for Bears fans to appreciate Aarond Rodgers and company.

Finally, are the Wild the Blackhawks' biggest threat come playoff time?

Listen to the SportsTalk Live podcast below.