Legal talk dominates Thursday's NHL meeting

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Legal talk dominates Thursday's NHL meeting

Just when you thought you could take the term "disclaimer of interest" out of your lockout vocabulary.

A day after choosing not to exercise its "disclaimer of interest" option during talks with the NHL, the NHLPA is again having players vote to give the executive board the power to file the disclaimer. Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet.ca was the first to report the news. According to various reports, players have 48 hours to vote.

Players overwhelmingly voted to give the NHLPA's executive board the power to file this motion in late December. The NHLPA had until 11:59 Eastern Time on Wednesday to file the disclaimer, but did not.

The NHL and players' association were in negotiation talks past midnight in New York on Wednesday. But with collective-bargaining talks cooling off again on Thursday, legal talk once again dominated.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: What's next for Blackhawks as free agency looms?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: What's next for Blackhawks as free agency looms?

On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Tracey Myers and Charlie Roumeliotis discuss what's next for the Blackhawks after a trade-filled weekend.

They also weigh in on whether the Blackhawks are done trading, preview free agency, and toy with the idea of a potential Patrick Sharp reunion.

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

Blackhawks re-sign defenseman Ville Pokka to one-year deal

Blackhawks re-sign defenseman Ville Pokka to one-year deal

The Blackhawks signed Ville Pokka to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Pokka played in all 76 regular-season games for the Rockford IceHogs last season, recording six goals and 24 assists.

The Blackhawks’ defensive depth has already taken a hit this offseason, with Niklas Hjalmarsson traded to Arizona – Connor Murphy came here in the deal – and Trevor van Riemsdyk, selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, then traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. While the Blackhawks will probably explore free-agent options this offseason, Pokka could vie for an opportunity at training camp.