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Also, Brandon Bollig is attempting to refine his game

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Hawks Headlines: Hayes Looks Up to Bickell

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Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Bollig (52) and Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly (90) skate during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 18, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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In Wednesday's edition of Hawks Headlines, we examine Chicago Blackhawks forward Jimmy Hayes' role model on the defending Stanley Cup champions, what it's like to be on the bubble when it comes to securing a roster spot on the Hawks, and how Corey Crawford's contract stacks up with an elite NHL goaltender. 

- Reminder for fans: the Stanley Cup will be on display at the Pritzker Pavilion stage at Millennium Park from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Wednesday morning. [Chicago Tribune]

- Several Blackhawks, including Ben Smith, are fighting for a spot on the Hawks' roster this season, and Tracey Myers has the story of how they are dealing with the pressure. [CSN Chicago]

- Speaking of Hawks forwards on the bubble for a roster spot, Jimmy Hayes is trying to model his game after Bryan Bickell in an attempt to make his way to Chicago full-time. [Chicago Sun-Times]

- On Tuesday afternoon, the Hawks cut their roster down from 56 to 47 players, sending several players to their junior teams. David Gilbert was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs, and Wade Brookbank, Pat Mullane, Joe Gleason, Jared Nightingale, and Bobby Shea from the roster. [ESPN Chicago]

- In Monday night's training camp scrimmage, Brandon Bollig netted a goal for the Blackhawks on a pretty one-timer. On Tuesday, he didn't have a shot on goal against the Detroit Red Wings. Needless to say, he is still looking to define his role on the Hawks, as reported by Scott Powers. [ESPN Chicago]

- Finally, Sheng Peng has an interesting post comparing the contracts of goaltenders Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick. [The Hockey Writers]

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