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Vinnie Hinostroza enjoys mini-reunion in Rockford with Blackhawks on bye

Vinnie Hinostroza enjoys mini-reunion in Rockford with Blackhawks on bye

ROCKFORD – For Vinnie Hinostroza, this is going to be a fun week.

Oh, his time with the Blackhawks is going well. He got back into the lineup a few games ago and was part of the team closing out their road trip with a five-game winning streak. But Hinostroza had some good times while with the IceHogs. So for this week, at least, he'll enjoy his time catching up, practicing – and perhaps playing – with some friends.

Hinostroza, Tanner Kero, Nick Schmaltz and Gustav Forsling were sent to Rockford on Sunday, when the Blackhawks entered their bye week. The four were sent there, in part for cap-space reasons. According to CapFriendly, the Blackhawks saved $17,680 per day – an additional $477,360 in deadline cap space if those players stay in Rockford for the week.

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

The four were part of the IceHogs' practice on Tuesday. Whether they play against Cleveland on Wednesday morning, was unknown as of that afternoon.

"Not sure yet. I've got to get some direction from Stan [Bowman] in Chicago," Rockford coach Ted Dent said of the Blackhawks' general manager. "Obviously we have a lot of bodies now, so we just have to figure it out [Tuesday night] before the morning."

Hinostroza believed he could be playing in Wednesday's game, which has a 10:30 a.m. start. "I don't think I've done that since Pee Wees," he said. Whether or not he plays, however, Hinostroza will enjoy the time with his former IceHogs teammates.

"Getting back here, I'm happy," Hinostroza said. "It was so much fun last year with these guys. Everyone's smiling and having a good time. Come down here, practice, grab some dinner, see a movie. It's just great to be able to catch up with these guys."

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: 

Hawk Harrelson tells Eddie Olczyk to 'stay strong' in message of support

Hawk Harrelson tells Eddie Olczyk to 'stay strong' in message of support

Last week, Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk announced he had been diagnosed with colon cancer.

The news of his diagnosis shook the hockey world and many released statements or took to social media to show support for Olczyk. Add White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson to that list.

Hawk and the White Sox released a video on Twitter of Harrelson telling Olczyk to stay strong:

Here's the full transcript:

"Hi Eddie,

Stay strong buddy. You're in our minds, you're in our hearts, you know we love you. Can't wait to see you back in front of that camera again. Stay strong."