5@5: Reaction To Blackhawks Making Playoffs?

The Mully & Haugh crew debates a five-pack of questions every weekday.

Mully & Haugh Show
May 27, 2020 - 9:55 am

(670 The Score) On its daily 5 at 5 segment Wednesday morning, the Mully & Haugh crew debated a variety of questions.

-- How do you feel about the Blackhawks making the NHL playoffs in the expanded 24-team format? Will it be fair to the rest of the league when they win the Stanley Cup as a No. 12 seed in the West? Is it a delight or a relief for them to reach the playoffs? Have jobs been saved? Would you rather have them in the draft lottery?

-- Do you see much of a difference in the NBA and NHL return-to-play proposals? The NBA is eyeing a return in Orlando, while the NHL plans to use two hub cities, with Chicago in consideration as one. The NBA may bring every franchise back or just have 16 playoff teams gather. The NHL will keep seven teams home as 24 come back to play. Which idea sounds better?

-- Do you like MLB's labor proposal to cut salaries of the highest-paid players by 60%? Is it a clever divide-and-conquer plan or a sincere effort to compromise? Do you approve of a sliding scale pay structure? Will this work? Are you as confident in MLB returning in 2020 today as you were yesterday?

-- Are you concerned with the possibility that player like Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish might be reluctant to play in 2020 given the health risks of coming back -- whether there's a pay cut or not? Do you believe wealthier players who can afford to sit out a season have a different decision to make than their peers who make less? Will you be disappointed if Darvish or anyone else sits out due to fear?

-- Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen told the Finnish podcast Urheilucast that he wanted to sign an extension to remain in Chicago. Markkanen also added, “I had 80 touches per game the past two seasons, (but) this season the touches dropped to 40 ... When I spoke with Jim (Boylen), we talked about how I should concentrate on getting rebounds and then leading the fast break. But it’s just really hard getting 40 defensive rebounds.” What's your reaction to those comments from Markkanen? 

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