CSN & CSNChicago.com to carry LIVE Opening Ceremonies of 2011 Blackhawks Convention

CSN & CSNChicago.com to carry LIVE Opening Ceremonies of 2011 Blackhawks Convention

COMCAST SPORTSNET & CSNCHICAGO.COM TO CARRY
LIVE OPENING CEREMONIES COVERAGE OF
THE 2011 BLACKHAWKS CONVENTION

Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com to air LIVE Opening Ceremonies coverage on Friday, July 15 at 5:00 PM Chris Boden to provide complete Convention coverage throughout the weekend on SportsNet Central &CSNChicago.com Insider Tracey Myers to provide exclusive video, player interviews, live Tweets & more

Chicago, IL (July 12, 2011) -- Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, is ready to start up the 2011-12 NHL season in a big way with exclusive, LIVE Opening Ceremonies coverage from the sold out 2011 Blackhawks Convention, which is being held downtown this weekend (July 15-17) at the Hilton Chicago.

On Friday, July 15 beginning at 5:00 PM, Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com will provide viewers with every thrill-packed moment of the conventions opening ceremonies featuring introductions of Blackhawks playerscoachesfront office executives, the singing of the National Anthem, exciting video montages and much more.

In addition, Comcast SportsNets Blackhawks PrePost Game Live studio host Chris Boden will file reports for SportsNet Central (6:30 PM, 10:00 PM, 10:30 PM and midnight) featuring interviews with Blackhawks players, coaches and fans. Plus, CSNChicago.coms Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers will also provide viewers with comprehensive online coverage featuring exclusive convention video highlights and numerous playerscoachesfront office executive interviews. Fans can follow Myers Blackhawks Convention updates all weekend long via Twitter @TraMyersCSN.
PROGRAMMING REMINDER: Tonight at 7:00 PM, Blackhawks fans can once again look forward to reliving the teams 2010 Stanley Cup Championship as Comcast SportsNet will be re-airing the Game 6 championship clincher against Philadelphia. This historic game features Patrick Kanes thrilling, game-winning goal in OT, along with team captain Jonathon Toews earning the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP.

Blackhawks: Tommy Wingels fractures foot, will be ready for training camp

Blackhawks: Tommy Wingels fractures foot, will be ready for training camp

Tommy Wingels, who the Blackhawks acquired earlier this month, will miss 6-8 weeks after suffering a left-foot fracture during his offseason training. Team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement that the Blackhawks, “anticipate a full recovery in 6-8 weeks and in time for training camp. We do not anticipate any long-term issues.”

The Blackhawks signed Wingels, a Wilmette native, to a one-year deal on July 1. Wingels will still be at this weekend’s convention.

Bears training camp preview: Three burning questions for the offensive line

Bears training camp preview: Three burning questions for the offensive line

With training camp starting next week, CSN Chicago’s Chris Boden and JJ Stankevitz are looking at three burning questions for each of the Bears’ position groups heading into Bourbonnais. Friday's unit: the offensive line. 

1. Will Kyle Long and Josh Sitton flip spots, and will it be effective?

One of the more intriguing storylines to come out of the Bears’ offseason program was the possibility of a Kyle Long-Josh Sitton guard swap, with Long moving from right to left and Sitton to left to right. The prevailing wisdom is that Long’s athleticism would be better suited for the pulls needed at left guard, while Sitton has made Pro Bowls at both positions. But is it prudent for the Bears to make this switch with Long still recovering from November ankle surgery and some nasty complications that came after it? He’s shown he’s skilled enough to already make one position switch on the offensive line (from right tackle to right guard), so there’s no reason to doubt he couldn’t handle another so long as he’s healthy. We’ll see where he is next week. 

“You want flexibility,” coach John Fox said. “You don’t want as much flexibility as we had to use a year ago because we had to play so many guys due to injury. But we’re messing around with (Sitton) and Kyle both playing opposite sides, whether one’s on the left, one’s on the right. We’ll get those looks in camp, we got plenty of time.”

2. Can Charles Leno Jr. capitalize on a contract year?

Leno has been a pleasant surprise given the low expectations usually set for seventh-round picks. He started every game in 2016, checking off an important box for John Fox — reliability. Whether Leno can be more than a reliable player at left tackle, though, remains to be seen (if the Bears thought he were, wouldn’t they have signed him to an extension by now?). He has one more training camp and 16 games to prove he’s worthy of a deal to be the Bears (or someone else’s) left tackle of the future. Otherwise, the Bears may look to a 2018 draft class rich in tackles led by Texas’ Connor Williams and Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey. 

“I know if I take care of my business out here, everything else will take care of itself,” Leno said. 

3. Will Hroniss Grasu survive the roster crunch?

A year ago, Grasu was coming off a promising rookie season and was in line to be the Bears’ starting center. But the Oregon product tore his ACL in August, and Cody Whitehair thrived after a last-minute move from guard to center. If the Bears keep eight offensive lineman this year, Grasu could be squeezed out: Leno, Long, Whitehair, Sitton and Bobby Massie are the likely starters, with Eric Kush and Tom Compton filling reserve roles. That leaves one spot, either for fifth-round guard Jordan Morgan or Grasu. The Bears could try to stash Morgan, who played his college ball at Division-II Kutztown, on the practice squad and keep Grasu. But Grasu doesn’t have flexibility to play another position besides center, which could hurt his case.