CSN's Blackhawks-Coyotes Game 4 coverage to begin at 5:00 PM Thursday LIVE from the UC

CSN's Blackhawks-Coyotes Game 4 coverage to begin at 5:00 PM Thursday LIVE from the UC

MEDIA ALERT

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO START ITS STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ROUND 1GAME 4 BLACKHAWKS-COYOTES COVERAGE AT
5:00 PM THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE FROM THE UNITED CENTER

Chicago Tribune Live (5:00 PM), SportsNet Central (6:00 PM) and
Blackhawks Pre-Game Live (6:30 PM) to all air live from the United Center!

Chicago, IL (April 18, 2012) -- Comcast SportsNet, the exclusive local television home for every Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs first round match-up vs. the Phoenix Coyotes, has announced enhanced surrounding coverage for Game 4 on Thursday night, April 19 as Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan, SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse and Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live will all take place LIVE from the United Center beginning at 5:00 PM.

Blackhawks-Coyotes Game 4 face-off action featuring Comcast SportsNets Blackhawks announcing tandem of Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk gets underway live at 7:00 PM. In addition, Comcast SportsNets comprehensive website, CSNChicago.com, will provide fans with even more exclusive Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs content including:

LIVE stream of Blackhawks head coach Joel Quennevilles post-game press conference
CSNChicago.com Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers will be at the UC filing stories and video before and after the game, plus Myers will provide up-to-the-second Tweets via @TraMyersCSN, as well as CSNs Blackhawks studio analyst Chris Boden (@CSNBoden) throughout the gameseries.
New-look Blackhawks team page highlighted by latest news, player interviews, highlights, video and more...Game highlights also available on CSNChicago.com during and following every game.
Blackhawks Talk (@HawksTalkCSN) also offers news, views and analysis from Myers, Boden and Blackhawks analyst Steve Konroyd.
Viewers are also encouraged to submit their Twitter questionscomments to our Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live team by utilizing the hashtag: HawksPGL

Note Comcast SportsNets programming line-up for Blackhawks-Coyotes Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1Game 4 coverage on Thursday night, April 19:

5:00 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan (LIVE from the United Center featuring host David Kaplan, Tribune writers, special guests & more)

6:00 PM SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse (LIVE from the United Center featuring anchors Pat Boyle & Mark Schanowski with the latest Blackhawks news, game previews, interviews & more)

6:30 PM Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live (LIVE from the United Center featuring hosts Chris Boden & Steve Konroyd, along with the latest pre-game news and interviews from Sarah Kustok & CSNChicago.coms Tracey Myers)

7:00 PM CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS vs. PHOENIX COYOTES (Stanley Cup Playoffs, Round 1Game 4)

9:30 PM Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live (time approx.) (featuring Joel Quennevilles live post-game press conference, post-game player reaction, highlights, comprehensive analysis and more)
10:00 PM & 10:30 PM GMC SportsNet Central (time approx.) (live, comprehensive Game 4 recap, highlights, interviews and much more from the day in sports)

11:00 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan (replay of 5:00 PM telecast)

12:00 AM SportsNet Central presented by CLR (live telecast)

12:30 AM Blackhawks vs. Coyotes (Game 4 replay)

Blackhawks sign goaltender Jeff Glass to two-year deal

Blackhawks sign goaltender Jeff Glass to two-year deal

The Blackhawks added organizational depth to their goaltending position by inking Jeff Glass to a two-year deal that runs through the 2017-18 season, the team announced Thursday. His deal carries a $612,500 cap hit, according to CapFriendly.com.

Glass, 31, signed a contract with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League in January, and played well enough to earn himself a deal at the professional level.

He owns a 5-4-1 record with a 2.38 goals against average, .917 save percentage and two shutouts in 10 games since joining the IceHogs, and has earned victories in four of his last five games.

A third round selection by Ottawa in 2004, Glass has yet to make his National Hockey League debut, but he's making strides in the right direction by jumping Mac Carruth on Rockford's depth chart and rotating with Lars Johansson.

The move provides insurance for a Blackhawks team that is relatively thin at the goaltending position outside of Corey Crawford and Scott Darling, the latter of whom will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. 

And given the uncertainty of Darling's status heading into the summer, Glass could compete for the backup job next year. He also fills the expansion draft requirements if Chicago chooses to go that direction, although it's unlikely he'll be claimed by Las Vegas.

Braves Way: How Cubs are still focused on next wave of young talent

Braves Way: How Cubs are still focused on next wave of young talent

MESA, Ariz. – Chairman Tom Ricketts wants the Cubs to be known someday as one of the greatest sports franchises in the world, right up there with global brands like the New England Patriots, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

But the most relevant blueprint for baseball operations right now might be the Atlanta Braves model that won 14 consecutive division titles between 1991 and 2005, an unbelievable run that still only resulted in one World Series title.

In a "Chicks Dig The Long Ball" era, the Braves had 60 percent of a Hall of Fame rotation (Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz) and a manager (Bobby Cox) who would get his own Cooperstown plaque.

The Braves Way still didn't only revolve around baseball immortals. The churn of young talent and under-the-radar contributors makes big-time prospects Eloy Jimenez and Ian Happ — and somehow finding a next wave of pitching — so important to The Plan.

"The Braves did such a great job during their run of always breaking in a guy or two," general manager Jed Hoyer said this week. "There's a lot of benefits to always trying to break in a guy every year, trying to add new blood every single year. Young guys are great even for a veteran team, because they provide the spark. They provide new energy.

"I thought Willson (Contreras) was a big part of that last year. Coming up in the middle of the season, it was like a great spark for our guys. Maybe one of these guys can provide that spark."

During that 15-year window, the Braves had 14 different players show up in the National League Rookie of the Year voting:  

1991: Brian Hunter, Mike Stanton
1992: Mark Wohlers
1993: Greg McMichael 
1994: Ryan Klesko, Javy Lopez
1995: Chipper Jones
1996: Jermaine Dye 
1997: Andruw Jones 
1998: Kerry Ligtenberg 
1999: Kevin McGlinchy
2000: Rafael Furcal 
2001: –
2002: Damian Moss
2003: –
2004: –
2005: Jeff Francoeur

The Braves produced Rookie of the Year winners in 1990 (David Justice), 2000 (Furcal) and 2011 (Craig Kimbrel). That gap in the early 2000s foreshadowed a relative down cycle where the Braves averaged almost 82 losses losses between 2006 and 2009 and made zero playoff appearances.

Jason Heyward's big-league debut in 2010 coincided with a run of four straight seasons where the Braves averaged 90-plus wins and made the playoffs three times.

[MORE: Why Joe Maddon sees Kyle Schwarber as the leadoff guy in Cubs lineup]

Baseball America put Jimenez (No. 14) and Happ (No. 63) on its preseason top-100 list of prospects. Whether it's making an impression on Joe Maddon's coaching staff, being showcased for a future trade or getting more comfortable in the spotlight, Jimenez and Happ will be two players to watch when the Cubs begin their Cactus League schedule on Saturday.

"Everyone thinks our future is here," Hoyer said. "It's really important to never get caught in that. You always want to have guys in the minor leagues ready to come up. Having organizational depth is really important. Those guys are good players and they're going to help us at some point."

Jimenez is a dynamic 6-foot-4 corner outfielder from the Dominican Republic who figures to begin his age-20 season at advanced Class-A Myrtle Beach. Happ, a 2015 first-round pick, finished last season at Double-A Tennessee and can switch-hit and move between the infield and the outfield.

Contreras is trying to make the leap from energizer to everyday frontline catcher. Albert Almora Jr. — who also contributed to a championship team as a rookie — is trying to earn the center-field job. The Cubs already trusted Carl Edwards Jr. in the 10th inning of a World Series Game 7 and now hope he can keep evolving into an Andrew Miller-type reliever.

The Cubs need the assembly line that's rolled out Anthony Rizzo (June 2012), Kyle Hendricks (July 2014), Javier Baez (August 2014), Kris Bryant and Addison Russell (April 2015) and Kyle Schwarber (June 2015) to keep delivering talent.

"It's something that we have to be really mindful of," Hoyer said, "to make sure that we continue to put a lot of focus on player development, the same kind of focus that we put on it when we were rebuilding, because those guys are going to have a huge impact on us."