Two sides playing 'proposal tag,' hope to meet tonight

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Two sides playing 'proposal tag,' hope to meet tonight

The NHL and NHLPA are in the thick of playing proposal tag. And after a quick afternoon meeting, tag: the NHL is it.
The two parties met briefly in New York on Wednesday afternoon, with the players association giving the league its latest proposal, NHLPA executive Donald Fehr told reporters there.
Fehr added that he hopes the two sides will resume talks later tonight.
After so many months of angst, barbs and lack of progress, it looks like both sides are finally delving into true negotiations. The league and NHLPA have traded proposals for the past three days.
Today was also when the NHLPA could file its disclaimer of interest to dissolve the union. Players voted nearly unanimously to give the PAs executive board the option to do so. Fehr didnt comment to reporters much on that, other than to say the players retain all their options. But if the two sides keep talking, keep making progress, that option may be put on hold.

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.