Word on the Street: Meriweather is fined by the NFL

Word on the Street: Meriweather is fined by the NFL

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011
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Meriweather is fined 20,000

Bears safety Brandon Meriweather has been fined againby the NFL, this time for 20,000. Meriweather was fined for ahelmet-to-helmet hit on Sunday against the Panthers. The last time hewas fined was during his career with the Patriots for 50,000; whichwas reduced to 40,000. That fine was also for a helmet-to-helmet hit.(ProFootball Talk)

The NBA full season could be saved

David Stern said if there isn't a deal between the NBA owners and players by Monday then the first two weeks of the regular season will be canceled. That is a tight schedule since there will be no meetings until Sunday. The owners want to do a 5050 revenue split, the players are asking for no less than 52. Each side is going to have to give a little more to make the deal happen.(ProBasketball Talk)

Guillen keeps most Marlins' staff

Bench coach Joey Cora went with former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen to Marlins', meaning former Marlins' bench coach Brandon Hyde lost his job to Cora. And first base coach Perry Hill won't be coming back due to knee injury. However, the hitting coach Eduardo Perez and pitching coach Randy St. Claire are going to stay for the 2012 season along with many others.(Hardball Talk)
Bolland and Smith will miss Blackhawks opener

Friday is the first game of the regular season for the Blackhawks and Dave Bolland and Ben Smith will not be able to attend the game. Bolland with an upper-body injury is hoping to play in the home opener against the Stars on Saturday. Blackhawks will play seven defensemen Friday night against the Stars.(CSN Chicago)

TCU offered to be apart of Big 12

Texas Christian University has been offered a spot with Big 12. The Big 12 lost Nebraska and Colorado over the summer and will lose Texas A&M to SEC next year. The Rose Bowl champions have already agreed to leave Mountain West Conference after this season for the Big East. The Big East may lose Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC.(Chicago Tribune)

Blackhawks Notes: Coaching changes and Marcus Kruger’s status

Blackhawks Notes: Coaching changes and Marcus Kruger’s status

Coach Joel Quenneville didn’t mince words. Finding out his good friend, former assistant coach Mike Kitchen was fired not long after the Blackhawks’ postseason ended, frustrated him.

“That day, I was not happy. I was a little disappointed,” Quenneville said on Thursday. “We lost a great coach and somebody I had been working with for a long time. It was tough and we’ve moved on now, but I wasn’t excited at the moment.”

In moving on the Blackhawks have revamped their coaching staff, adding another old friend and teammate of Quenneville’s in Ulf Samuelsson and a former member of his St. Louis staff in Don Granato. Quenneville said Samuelsson will take over Kitchen’s responsibilities while Granato will handle a number of tasks.

“Whether he’s pre-scout, helping Kevin [Dineen], helping Ulfie, helping me. He’s helping the young guys like Stan [Bowman] said,” Quenneville said. “We have input with all areas and all coaches and it’s a fun thing, drawing up practices or talking to guys, preparing meetings and evaluating performances. But I think he’s excited to be a part of that as well and Ulfie, he’ll be doing something he’s been doing and he’s excited to work with some of our defense as well.”

As far as the Blackhawks’ defensive style, Quenneville doesn’t foresee it changing.

“I think there are some areas how it ended or after a playoff series, there’s always some tweaks we like to do in games, in playoffs or in series," Quenneville said. "It’s obviously disappointing. But I think there’s a lot of positive things we accomplished last year and how we played without the puck, I don’t think that was too much of an issue.

"But we have a defense that can play both ways and we still want offense from our defensive part of our game. That’d be one of our strengths. But when it’s time to defend, how we want to play in our own end without the puck is something that’ll be very close to how we play.”

Kruger’s situation

There’s been plenty of talk regarding Marcus Kruger, and whether or not he’ll remain with the Blackhawks. Whatever the future holds for the center, general manager Stan Bowman wouldn’t say on Thursday.

“Yeah, there have been a lot of these rumors around, but Marcus is no different than any other player. I’m not going to comment on rumors out there, but people are stating it as if it’s a fact,” Bowman said of Kruger being at the center of trade rumors. “There’s a lot of speculation, but it’s not fair to the players for me to be commenting on what’s been rumored out there. I don’t really have anything to add on that front.”

Trevor van Riemsdyk was Vegas’ selection in Wednesday night’s expansion draft. But a source said it’s still possible the Blackhawks trade Kruger to the Golden Knights.