- Jesse Rogers, Chicago Cubs beat reporter
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Talks between Frolik and the Hawks are on-going and his appearance at the convention, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Hilton Chicago, doesn’t mean a deal is imminent but certainly is a sign negotiations aren’t acrimonious.
On their website, the Hawks do not list him as attending.
The sold-out convention consists of question and answer sessions with players, X’s and O’s strategy clinics with the coaches, and live and silent auctions of Hawks’ memorabilia and game-used equipment.
It is uncertain if the Hawks’ other restricted free agent, Chris Campoli, will be in attendance. His arbitration date is Aug. 3 and the sides are negotiating as well.
Last summer, goalie Antti Niemi did not attend but his arbitration hearing was the same weekend as the convention. He subsequently left the team when the Hawks walked away from an arbiter’s decision.
Source: Michael Frolik will attend the Blackhawks Convention this weekend.