Leddy finding consistency


Leddy finding consistency

COLUMBUS, Ohio Nick Leddy was getting the birthday wishes from his Blackhawks teammates at Tuesday mornings skate. But since he has a game tonight that 21st birthday party will have to wait.

Thatll be in a couple days, Leddy said with a laugh. But itll definitely be a lot of fun.

Leddys been growing up on the ice with the Blackhawks this season, and hes had the ups and downs that any 20-(or 21)-year-old would experience. But now paired with Johnny Oduya, Leddy has started to find more consistency in his game.

The young defenseman struggled earlier this season, and is still trying to turn his minus-12 rating around. But hes a plus-2 since he and Oduya got together eight-plus games ago, and Leddys been able to play a simpler game since.

They make a nice pair, coach Joel Quenneville said of that defensive tandem. But (Leddys) movement with the puck and his coming up the ice with speed, thats noticeable. It helps our team game as well. Hes defending better as we progress, too.

Leddy said he feels comfortable with Oduya. The Blackhawks trade-deadline acquisition brings a veteran presence and calm that benefits him.

His simplicity has been great; playing with him makes everything really easy and simple, Leddy said. It helps that hes been in the league for a while. He can teach me things. We talk on the bench quite a bit and were getting chemistry together.

Quenneville said Leddy still has room for growth. Any 21-year-old would. But Leddys with a good partner right now, and with time hell keep tapping into that potential.

His upside is tremendous, Quenneville said. There arent too many guys can come out of our own end, alleviate forechecking pressure and skate right through it without having to move the puck. Thats a great attribute in todays game. His play recognition with the puck is improving, and his experience around his own net is something hell get better at every day.

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things. 

In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.

On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family. 

Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather. 

Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!

Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above. 

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from a busy Sunday: 

Tonight on CSN: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Lightning

Nikola Mirotic, Bulls show some moxie in road win over Bucks

Today on CSN: White Sox battle Dodgers in spring training game

From ‘When It Happens’ to ‘Where It Happens,’ Cubs mining next generation of talent

Will lopsided loss shake Blackhawks from their slumber?

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson's foot could keep him out until late May

Joe Maddon doesn’t have any concerns about new Cubs closer Wade Davis

Nick Delmonico takes advantage of fresh start with White Sox

Cubs expect Ben Zobrist and Addison Russell to be ready for Opening Night

Owners to consider on and off field changes this week during NFL meetings