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Polling Place: Chicago’s best coach? Voters give the nod to White Sox’ Rick Renteria

Matt Nagy, who led the Bears to a 12-4 record in 2018, might’ve seemed a likely favorite among coaches and managers in the Big Four pro leagues. Instead, his candidacy knuckled off course and, in the end, double doinked.

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Patrick Sharp foresees wide-open NHL hierarchy when coronavirus pause, much like 2013 lockout, ends

"Nobody really knows what they’re going to have until they get back together as a group and get on the ice and sort this thing out," said the former Blackhawks forward and current NBC Sports analyst.

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NHL plans move to small-group training next month

Only six players will be allowed in team facilities at one time for the voluntary workouts, and no on-ice coaching or instruction is permitted.

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Blackhawks make first European signing of summer, adding forward Matej Chalupa

Chalupa, at age 21, was one of the youngest players in the Czech league this past season.

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Blackhawks’ defensive outlook cloudy with Ian Mitchell, Calvin de Haan’s statuses uncertain

Mitchell’s contract eligibility and de Haan’s injury recovery are both up in the air for the 2020 NHL playoffs.

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Chicago as an NHL playoffs hub? Evaluating the city’s chance to host hockey this summer

Chicago is one of 10 cities the league announced Tuesday it’s considering to host the 2020 playoffs, and the city does have a lot of positives — but one huge negative.

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Where were you when the Blackhawks made the playoffs in 2020?

Remembering that magical moment when the mediocre Hawks shocked the world.

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Blackhawks playoff bound as NHL announces postseason format, outlines timetable

The Hawks will play a best-of-five "qualifying round" series against the Oilers in a to-be-announced hub city. Chicago is one of 10 locations being considered as hubs.

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NHL adopts 24-team playoff format if it can resume season

The league announced Tuesday it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 if it is able to resume play.

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Blackhawks can soon begin small workouts as NHL plans first move out of coronavirus shutdown

The league announced Monday a detailed plan for Phase 2 of its "Return to Sport Protocol," which will allow the Hawks and other teams to hold workouts with up to six participants.

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NHLPA approves going forward with 24-team playoff talks

The top four teams in each conference would play each other in a mini-tournament for seeding while the remaining 16 teams face off in a best-of-five series play-in round. The Blackhawks would qualify as a No. 12 seed.

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Report: NHLPA board voting on 24-team playoff format to return to action

The 12th-seeded Blackhawks would play the fifth-seeded Oilers in a best-of-five series. The winner would play the fourth-seeded team.

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Blackhawks reducing salaries, furloughing employees during pandemic as ‘in-depth review of organization’ continues

Interim president Danny Wirtz delivered the news to team employees in a Thursday memo.

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NHL could use a 24-team playoff format if sport resumes: reports

The 24-team plan still has to be approved by the union and league. It is uncertain when and if that will happen.

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Polling Place: How good a watch will the NFL be if there aren’t any fans in the seats?

Does one major pro sport stand to lose more than the others, in terms of the TV viewing experience, if fans are barred from attending? That’s question No. 1 in your weekly home for Sun-Times sports polls on Twitter.

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Last fans standing: Recounting the Sharks-Blackhawks game on March 11, the last game in town before sports shut down

While the NBA suspended its season and President Trump banned travel to Europe, the Hawks and Sharks played in front of a sold-out United Center crowd. The 21,275 in attendance experienced one of the most surreal nights of their lives.

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Blackhawks depth forwards Anton Wedin, Jacob Nilsson leaving organization to sign in Sweden

Neither Wedin nor Nilsson appeared to have much of a future in the NHL.

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Polling Place: How important is it to you that the NBA, NHL finish out their seasons?

Your weekly home for Sun-Times sports polls on Twitter sought answers to that question, along with a couple of others involving coaches Jeremy Colliton and Jim Boylen and a certain provocative ex-Bears quarterback.

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Blackhawks safely can claim another NHL attendance title, but there’s little to celebrate

The Hawks averaged 21,441 fans for their 34 home games this season, tops in the league, but it might be awhile before the next crowd arrives at the United Center.

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With only classic games to watch, here are some classic Chicago sports calls

They’re not the most famous calls, but they’ve stuck with me, topped by the great Don Drysdale’s call of a classic Cubs collapse.

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If NHL season resumes in full in July, Blackhawks won’t have much to play for

Momentum is growing for the NHL season to resume in July, but unless the playoff field expands, the Blackhawks’ motivation could be low.

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John McDonough’s dismissal gives Blackhawks’ front office clean slate, for better or worse

The stubbornness and stability McDonough brought to the Blackhawks are now gone, leaving the search for a "new mindset" full of possibilities and pitfalls.

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McDonough’s firing another case of ‘What have you done for me lately?’

The three Stanley Cup titles that came while McDonough was overseeing things are a legacy that always will shine brightly, but the Hawks have given us blah lately.

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John McDonough calls time with Blackhawks ‘ride of a lifetime’

McDonough provided no clues on the circumstances surrounding his surprise departure.

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The firing of John McDonough and the slow drip of the Blackhawks’ decline

His ouster is another reminder that the 2010s are over and that the skating in place the Hawks have done for the better part of five years is not enough.

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Blackhawks fire president John McDonough, signaling monumental change in franchise’s direction

"It will take a new mindset to successfully transition the organization to win both on and off the ice," chairman Rocky Wirtz said.

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Blackhawks may conclude rest of regular season in Minnesota this summer, per reports

The NHL is reportedly now considering resuming the postponed regular season with each division playing all its games in one city.

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Jose Abreu, the real Tiger king? A Dave Leitao money heist? Holy stream of consciousness!

Wake up, Chicago sports fans. You’ve been binge-watching all the wrong shows.

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Polling Place: Should the Bears draft a quarterback in Round 2?

Your weekly home for Sun-Times sports polls on Twitter cuts to the heart of that matter and a couple of others — on the Blackhawks and Cubs — that are, admittedly, less pressing, though no less fun to think about.

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When will it be safe for fans to return to Wrigley Field, United Center?

Oddsmakers project how likely a person would be infected with COVID-19 depending on when sports begins.

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Olli Maatta, Zack Smith are Blackhawks’ top buyout candidates if coronavirus crunches salary cap

A domino effect prompted by an NHL season cancellation could cost Olli Maatta or Zack Smith their jobs this summer.

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Blackhawks cancel 2020 fan convention because of coronavirus

The 13th annual convention, which was scheduled to be held July 24-26, is no more, the team said Wednesday.