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.

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.