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 15, 2016:
BULLS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK FROM UGLY LOSS AGAINST THE WOLVES’
The Chicago Bulls return to action tonight after suffering a tough loss to their former Head Coach Tom Thibodeau and his Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night at the United Center. The Timberwolves entered play on Tuesday struggling, but were able to overcome a 21 point deficit to defeat the Bulls 99-94.
The Bulls will look to bounce back from the ugly loss as they head to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks in a rare home/home back-to-back between the two teams. The Bulls will get their first look at Tony Snell since trading him to the Bucks for guard Michael Carter-Williams.
The Bulls enter play with a record of 13-11, in the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, while the 11-12 Milwaukee Bucks are currently tenth in the Eastern Conference. You can catch the game at 7:00 PM (CT) on WGN and TNT, or the Radio Call on WLS 890AM.
Morning Read: The Bulls are desperately looking to find some consistency on the offensive side of the ball moving forward, read more about the flaws in the Bulls ineffective offense.
BLACKHAWKS LOOK TO STAY HOT AS THEY VISIT THE ISLANDERS
The Chicago Blackhawks will hit the road for the second game of a three game road trip tonight, as they head to New York to take on the New York Islanders.
The Blackhawks (19-8-4)(42) will look to extend their lead in the Western Conference Standings, coming off of two strong wins against the Dallas Stars and New York Rangers this week. The Blackhawks are 3-0-1 in their last four games, and 6-2-2 in their last 10 entering play this evening.
The Blackhawks are coming off of a victory against division rival Dallas on Sunday night where goalie Scott Darling denied 33 of 34 Rangers shots on goal. Artem Anisimov (13), and Trevor Van Riemsdyk (1) scored goals for the Blackhawks on Tuesday night’s win over the Rangers.
You can catch the action at 6:00 PM (CT) on CSN and NBCSN, or the Radio Call on 720AM.
Morning Read: Scott Darling is red-hot lately, but that may not bode well for the Blackhawks in the future. Read more about the possibility of Scott Darling becoming the next salary cap casualty.
WHITE SOX SIGN FREE-AGENT STARTING PITCHER GREG HOLLAND TO A ONE YEAR DEAL
The Chicago White Sox reached an agreement with former Texas Rangers southpaw Greg Holland on Wednesday afternoon, with the deal being for one year at $6 million dollars.
The White Sox take a flyer on a low-risk veteran who can fill a spot in a thinning starting rotation, with the hopes that Holland can have a solid first half, allowing the White Sox to trade him near the July non-waiver deadline.
CUBS HELP BOLSTER BULLPEN WITH SIGNING OF KOJI UEHARA
The Chicago Cubs signed veteran reliever Koji Uehara to a one year deal worth $6 million dollars, helping bolster the bullpen on the north side.
The defending World Series Champions have now added Wade Davis and Koji Uehara to the bullpen, the one glaring weakness that they had in 2016. The Cubs now have some depth that Manager Joe Maddon could be more comfortable with heading into 2017.