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Brandon Saad to be next featured guest on Inside Look

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Brandon Saad to be next featured guest on Inside Look

“Inside Look presented by Cadillac,” hosted by CSN’s Pat Boyle and featuring Brandon Saad to debut Monday, August 14 at 7:00 PM CT

CSN live stream available on CSNChicago.com/WatchLive  or via the NBC Sports app

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of ‘Inside Look,’ including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (August 10, 2017) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac

Debuting Monday, August 14 at 7:00 PM CT, CSN’s Pat Boyle hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with two-time Stanley Cup champion/2016 NHL All-Star/returning Blackhawks fan favorite BRANDON SAAD.  NOTE: Live stream of this program will also be available at CSNChicago.com/WatchLive or via the NBC Sports app to authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers. 

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Saad was drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (43rd) and quickly made his presence known in his rookie season (the 2013 Blackhawks Stanley Cup title year) by finishing third overall in the Calder Memorial Trophy rookie of the year voting.  Following the team’s 2015 Stanley Cup championship, Saad was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. In two seasons with Columbus, Saad racked up 55 goals and 106 points and earned his first All-Star appearance in ’16.  The great news for Blackhawks fans: the versatile left winger will be returning to Chicago this season with huge aspirations of winning his third Stanley Cup title. 

In this edition of “Inside Look,” Saad discusses everything from growing up in Pittsburgh and his early years involved in youth hockey, his transition from playing in the juniors to the NHL, being traded to Columbus/being traded back to Chicago, his favorite nickname, and much more.  

In addition, viewers are urged to check out CSN’s website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV.  Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on CSN.  CSN will also re-air Inside Look with Brandon Saad on the following dates/times: Tue, Aug. 15 at 11:00 PM - Wed, Aug. 16 at 4:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Fri, Aug. 18 at NOON - Sun, Aug. 20 at 3:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Thu, Aug. 24 at 4:00 PM (on CSN+HD) - Fri, Aug. 25 at 6:00 AM (on CSN+HD) - Sat, Aug. 26 at 1:00 AM PM (on CSN+HD) & Thu, Aug. 31 at 6:00 AM (on CSN+HD). (Schedule subject to change)

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Brandon Saad presented by Cadillac premiering Monday, August 14 at 7:00 PM on CSN:

Saad on being traded to Columbus following the team’s 2015 Stanley Cup Championship:

“Coming off a cup win you have that relationship with all the players, it's my first time getting traded, so that's all new for me, you see the business side of it quickly, and it's bitter at first, it's tough... you just have to move on and as you move on you realize it's a business and it's just part of the game

Saad on being traded back to the Blackhawks this summer:

"I was shocked at first. You get the phone call, you don't expect anything and then you hear you're traded…not only traded, but traded back to Chicago.  It was shocking, but going back to a familiar place and a place where I had success, it was just pure excitement after that.”

Saad on his favorite nickname:

"The one that sticks out is ‘SaadFather.’ When I first heard that, it was pretty funny…they're all good though. I can't remember what came from what person but they're all pretty funny and special to me.”

Where does Patrick Kane rank among Hart Trophy candidates for 2017-18 season?

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Where does Patrick Kane rank among Hart Trophy candidates for 2017-18 season?

Patrick Kane is among the Hart Trophy candidates for the 2017-18 season, but what are his early odds to reclaim the title?

The 28-year-old Blackhawks star followed up an 106-point campaign in which he became the first American-born player to win the Art Ross and Hart Trophy by finishing tied for second in the NHL with 89 points last season.

But he's facing some tougher odds going into this year.

Bovada revelead Wednesday that Connor McDavid is the front-runner to repeat at 3/2 odds, followed by Sidney Crosby (5/2), Auston Matthews (17/2) and Alex Ovechkin (9/1). Kane ranks fifth at 14/1.

Here's the rest of the list:

  • Vladimir Tarasenko: 15/1
     
  • Evgeni Malkin: 16/1
     
  • Carey Price, John Tavares: 20/1
     
  • Jamie Benn, Steven Stamkos: 25/1
     
  • Erik Karlsson, Nikita Kucherov: 33/1
     
  • Jack Eichel, Ryan Getzlaf, Patrik Laine, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin: 50/1
     
  • Nicklas Backstrom, Brent Burns, Braden Holtby, Phil Kessel, Artemi Panarin, Joe Pavelski: 60/1


A couple solid value picks would be Karlsson at 33/1 and Burns at 60/1, both of whom made strong cases to be in that conversation last year as defensemen.

You'll also notice Panarin as a darkhorse candidate. It will be interesting to see how Kane and Panarin fare without each other in the prime of their careers. Who knows, maybe they'll be sharing the stage together as finalists in Las Vegas next June.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Bryan Bickell on journey with Blackhawks, battling MS

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Bryan Bickell on journey with Blackhawks, battling MS

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Bryan Bickell sits down with Pat Boyle and they discuss the retired player's journey to the NHL, which included being an Ottawa clubhouse assistant where he met future teammate, Marian Hossa.

Bickell admits when he finally knew he was a regular in the NHL, his incredible 2013 postseason performance and the historic 17 seconds in Boston.

Finally, Bryan gets emotional when discussing his MS diagnosis, his shootout goal in his final NHL game, and how his wife Amanda has been at his side throughout his entire hockey career.

Listen to the Hawks Talk Podcast below: