The Morning Loop is a one-stop-shop for all of your Chicago sports teams, with news and notes about last night’s action as well as what’s on tap for the day across the Chicago sports landscape.
This is your Morning Loop for December 13, 2016:
Thibs’ Makes HIS Return To THE U.C.
The Chicago Bulls return to action tonight as former Head Coach Tom Thibodeau returns to the United Center since his 2015 firing, leading his stumbling Timberwolves squad into action against his former team.
Thibodeau was ousted by the Bulls after the 2015 season, in favor of the teams new Head Coach Fred Hoiberg. Thibs’ posted a 255-139 record with the Bulls during his five season tenure, but was never able to get the Bulls beyond the Eastern Conference Finals. The Thibodeau era was marred by the seemingly never ending narrative involving his star player Derrick Rose bouncing to and from the injured list.
The Bulls enter play with a record of 13-10, in the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, while the 6-18 Timberwolves are sitting second-to-last in the Western Conference. You can catch the game at 7:00 PM (CT) on WGN and ESPN, or the Radio Call on WLS 890AM.
Blackhawks square off against the top seed in the eastern conference.
The Chicago Blackhawks will hit the road for the first game of a three game road trip tonight, as they head to New York to take on the Eastern Conference leading New York Rangers.
The Blackhawks (18-8-4)(40) and the Rangers (20-9-1)(41) will square off in a battle of conference leaders at Madison Square Garden, in what may very well be a preview of the Stanley Cup finals this Spring. Granted we have quite 50 plus games left in the 2016-2017 campaign, if the two teams stay their current course, the chances of this match-up are pretty solid.
The Blackhawks are coming off of a victory against division rival Dallas on Sunday night where goalie Scott Darling denied 23 of 24 Stars’ shots in front of the United Center crowd. Marian Hossa (15), Artem Anisimov (12), and Artemi Panarin (11) all scored goals for the Hawks on Sunday evening in the victory.
You can catch the action at 6:00 PM (CT) on CSN and NBCSN, or the Radio Call on 720AM.
kenley jansen returning to the dodgers may open the door for a david robertson trade in the near future.
The White Sox benefited from the Dodgers inking their free agent closer Kenley Jansen on Monday afternoon, by virtue of the increased demand for a viable closer option for the other 28 clubs.
The White Sox have been quiet since the pair of blockbuster deals that General Manager Rick Hahn pulled off last week at the Winter Meetings in Washington D.C., but could be receiving an increased amount of phone calls from other GM’s in regards to their closer David Robertson.
Robertson could appeal to the Washington Nationals who have virtually whiffed on each and every target this offseason, outside of acquiring Adam Eaton in return for a haul of prospects of course. Outside of the ongoing talks between the White Sox and the Nats’ in regards to Robertson, the White Sox hot stove has drastically cooled for the time being.
The cubs have been playing less is more this winter, continue to stay quiet.
Outside of last weeks swap of Jorge Soler with the Kansas City Royals in exchange for closer Wade Davis, the Cubs have flew under the radar with minor transactions this winter. I suppose that’s quite alright when you’re the defending World Series Champions, with virtually your entire roster returning in 2017.
alshon jeffery returns from his four game suspension for ped violation.
The Bears will get some much needed help on offense this week when they take on the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field as wide receiver Alshon Jeffery returns from his four game ban for a PED violation.
Bears Head Coach John Fox says that he expects his veteran receiver to be in “tip-top shape” this week when he returns. Fox also confirmed that offensive lineman Mike Adams has been placed on the IR with a back injury and will miss the remainder of the season.