Blackhawks praise additions, deny talk of locker room strife

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks say newcomers Antoine Vermette and Kimmo Timonen are walking into a cohesive locker room.

Unprompted, defenseman Brent Seabrook rejected rumors of discord among the players on the team, saying the group has never been tighter. He says the talk is laughable and there is nothing going on.

Veteran forward Patrick Sharp, one of the players mentioned in connection with the rumored strife, says there are “no chemistry problems in the locker room.” Speaking after Sunday’s practice, Sharp also left open the possibility of taking legal action about the accusations on the Internet.

The Blackhawks bolstered their defense by acquiring Timonen in a trade with Philadelphia on Friday, and then added another center when they acquired Vermette in a deal with Arizona on Saturday night.

This article was written by MATT CARLSON from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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