Word on the Street: Another comeback for MJ?

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Word on the Street: Another comeback for MJ?

Friday, Feb. 11, 2011
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Another MJ comeback on the horizon?

Yahoo sports is reporting that Jordan has been taking part in practice with his Charlotte Bobcats and - apparently - kicking a little butt while he's at it.

"He's Mike. He's been kicking our rear ends," Bobcats captain Gerald Wallace said Thursday."He still has it. He doesn't have his quickness, but he's a scorer, he's a shooter. The last thing to go is your jump shot, and he still has that."So, is there another comeback on the horizon for the 48-year-old Jordan? Probably not, considering he would, by rule, have to sell his majority share in the Bobcats to do so. But it's fun to dream. (Yahoo! Sports)Detroit to retire Rodman's No. 10
The Detroit Pistons announced on Friday that they will be retiring ex-Bull Dennis Rodman's No. 10 at a ceremony before their April 1 game against the Bulls. Rodman played seven years in Detroit and two years in San Antonio before joining the Bulls for their second three-peat. (The Detroit News)
Chuck Tanner dies at 81Former White Sox manager Chuck Tanner died at the age of 81 on Friday. Tanner also managed the A's, Braves and Pirates throughout his career - earning a world series title in 1979 with Pittsburgh. Tanner, always well liked by his players, is regarded as likely the most quintessential "player's manager." (Hardball Talk NBC Sports)Former Sox exec pleads guilty to kickbacksFormer high-ranking White Sox executive David Wilder pleaded guilty on Friday to federal fraud charges, admitting that he solicited hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from Latin American baseball prospects.
"He apologizes to the White Sox and any others that he harmed," said Thomas Bienert Jr, Wilder's lawyer. (Chicago Tribune)Prosecutors to meet with BradleyFormer-Cub Milton Bradley is set to meet with Los Angeles prosecutors early next month in response to his Jan. 19 arrest on domestic violence allegations. Bradley's attorney, Harland Braun, released a statement claiming that Bradley would not be charged in connection with the allegations, however a spokesman for the LA City Attorney's office said that decision has not yet been made. (Chicago Breaking Sports)Taj Gibson, Steve Kerr in 'Shooting Stars'Former Bull Steve Kerr will join Taj Gibson and Catherine Kraayveld of the Chicago Sky in representing Team Chicago in the Haier Shooting Starts competition at NBA All-Star Weekend. Aside from Kerr, who was obviously a lights-out shooter in his playing days, the Chicago team is an odd bunch considering both Gibson and Kraayveld are inside players and not known as shooters. (Yahoo! Sports)Bears won't use franchise tagThe Bears announced on Friday that they would not use the franchise tag on any of their free agents this off season. The announcement is not surprising, considering general Manager Jerry Angelo's reluctance to use the tag in the past. There are 14 players ready to become unrestricted free agents this off season; however only four of them are starters. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

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The Blackhawks were finally getting healthy and now may be missing a key player once again. That depends on how Niklas Hjalmarsson feels after suffering an upper-body injury against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

It was certainly the toughest part of the Blackhawks' victory, a 6-3 triumph that has the Blackhawks closing in on the Wild. We'll see what the Hjalmarsson update is over the weekend. Until then, let's look at the notables from this one.

What Worked: The offense. We'll give an honorable mention to the penalty kill, which snuffed out all of the Coyotes' chances including a double minor that overlapped the second and third periods. But the offense was just buzzing again. Here's another shocker: the top line is still working just fine. The trio got things started with Nick Schmaltz's goal just 37 seconds into the game (Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik assisted). And much like in their meeting with the Coyotes earlier this month, the Blackhawks needed just about every bit of that offense. While we're on this topic...

What Didn't Work: The first-period defense. The Blackhawks looked like they were in good shape up 3-1 but then they gave up two goals within a minute late in the period. Michal Rozsival had a rough start in his first game since Jan. 15, but overall, the Blackhawks' defense through that first period looked discombobulated. Obviously, it didn't help that the Blackhawks lost Hjalmarsson during the first, either.

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Star of the game: Patrick Kane. One game after Jonathan Toews recorded a hat trick Kane did the same, scoring his 21st, 22nd and 23rd goals of the season. On a night in which the Blackhawks dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen, Kane got a little extra playing time. His first goal came on a first-period shift with Ryan Hartman and Tanner Kero, the second off a long pass from Brent Seabrook and the third with his usual line mates.

He Said It: "I didn't play much before I got hurt, then I missed four weeks with my injury. It wasn't easy but definitely the way the team's playing now, it made it easier for me. It felt like the first game of the season for me but glad we got the victory and glad I was back playing. I enjoyed it." — Michal Rozsival on returning to the Blackhawks' lineup. 

By the Numbers: 

6 – Number of times, in their last eight games, the Blackhawks have scored five or more goals.

342 – Assists for Jonathan Toews, who tied Dennis Hull for 12th all-time in franchise history in that category.

35 – Combined points for the Blackhawks' top liners Jonathan Toews, Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik in their nine games together. The breakdown in those nine games: Toews has 16 points, Panik 10 and Schmaltz nine.

1997 – The last time the Blackhawks had hat tricks in back-to-back regular-season games. Alexei Zhamnov and Eric Daze had them on April 11 and April 13, 1997, respectively.