Six Blackhawks chose to play a bit more hockey after being eliminated from the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs by suiting up for their home countries in the IIHF World Championships.
Patrick Kane was not among them.
While Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith put on the red of Canada, Sweden's yellow and blue was worn by three Hawks -- Viktor Stalberg, Marcus Kruger and Niklas Hjalmarsson -- and Michael Frolik earned a bronze medal for the Czech Republic, Kane decided not to play for Team USA.
His decision didn't sit well with analyst Eddie Olczyk, who spoke about the topic on WSCR 670 The Score's McNeil and Spiegel Show Wednesday.
"I dont know if (it's) Patrick Kane being hurt, but this is the prioritizing or lack thereof to me as an alum of Team USA," Olczyk said. "These World Championships were really important for the seedlings going into the Olympics. I was very disappointed that he didnt go and represent our country and try to help us get a better seed come Olympic time, but maybe there (are) some things that I dont know behind the scenes.
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Carlos Rodon played catch in front of Don Cooper on Monday afternoon but only added to the intrigue surrounding his health when he declined to talk to the media.
On the 10-day disabled list with a biceps strain, the White Sox said Rodon continues to make progress in his rehab program. Cooper said the third-year pitcher felt and looked fine as he played catch in left field. But neither he nor manager Rick Renteria offered many more details on when Rodon may return or even when he could throw off a mound.
"He looked like he played catch good," Cooper said. "His throwing program is progressing. He felt fine. He threw the ball fine. That's kind of where we are at. He threw fine and move on to the next."
Rodon is in town for several days to be observed by the White Sox. On Friday, general manager Rick Hahn described the visit as a "routine follow-up visit." But other than making sure they're cautious with Rodon, the club hasn't been able to offer a specific timetable for their prized pitcher.
"I can't tell you in detail what the program is," Renteria said. "I know it involves throwing and making sure he's getting treatments and making sure it's taken care of, the issue he had with his biceps. We know it's getting better."
But the improvement hasn't made the situation any easier to deal with. When they started him on a delayed program this spring, the White Sox had Rodon pegged for 33 starts and 200 innings. As of now, there's no certainty when he'll make his first turn and the calendar is nearing May.
"He's frustrated," Cooper said. "He wants to get through this, through all of it. We are just there to try to make sure he's doing things right and there's progression.
"Well, I mean we've already taken a lot of caution. He's important to us now and in the future. We wouldn't rush with him or anybody."
In the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, CSN's David Kaplan is joined by the Chicago Tribune's David Haugh and the Chicago Sun-Times' Adam Jahns to discuss the Bulls falling to a 2-2 series tie with the Celtics.
The guys predict how the first-round playoff series will end and talk about how Isaiah Canaan will fare as the starting point guard in Game 5.
Then, the panel discusses whether Matt Davidson should be in the White Sox lineup more and who will still be playing on the South Side when the White Sox rebuild is done.
Finally, the panel discusses a couple of contract extensions for Pat Fitzgerald and Chris Collins at Northwestern.
Take a listen to the episode below: