Blackhawks Trade Pirri, Resign Bollig

It has been an eventful 24 hours for the Blackhawks with the trade deadline looming on Wednesday. Brandon Pirri was traded for a third and a fifth round draft pick on Sunday. Brandon Bollig signed a three-year extension Monday morning.

Pirri led the AHL in scoring last season and had brief chances with the Blackhawks this season. He was supposed to be the second line center of the future, but struggles in his defensive game kept him out of favor with Joel Quenneville. Pirri didn’t have a spot in the long-term plans of the team so they sent him to familiar trading partner Florida.

The Bollig extension is a three-year, $3.75 million deal. He has dressed in every game this year and has settled on a line with Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith. Quenneville has showed trust in the line shutting down teams best forwards. Continue reading

Basketball Picks: March 3

I took a break for a month picking games on the website after a successful bowl and NFL playoff run. With one week left in the college basketball regular season, I feel like it’s a perfect time to start posting picks here. Conference tournaments and the NCAA tournament is my favorite time of year so I will be sharing my picks for some of those games throughout the month of March. I will also throw in a NBA pick if there is a game I have an opinion on. Here are my two picks for Monday: Continue reading