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Morning Bag Skate: Versteeg 'itching' to get back onto ice

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the world of hockey.

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The Chicago Blackhawks aren't playing on Monday -- seriously, this schedule is way too light early in the season when we're playing teams on back-to-backs -- so we're going to have to wait one more day to distract ourselves from the city's dying football season. Anyways, here's the latest hockey news:

**Kris Versteeg is "itching" to join his teammates in the lineup. Hope that's not contagious. (CSN Chicago)

**Paul Stastny is out "week to week" with a shoulder injury (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

**Catch up on the action from Sunday night with SBN's storystream (SB Nation)

**The Flames have agreed to a five-year, $23.25 million deal with defenseman T.J. Brodie (Puck Daddy)

**The Avalanche might need help in goal, but weren't interested when Ilya Bryzgalov's agent reached out recently (Sportsnet)

**Jonathan Drouin is back with the Lightning after a brief conditioning assignment in the AHL (Lightning)

**The Maple Leafs will be without winger Brandon Kozun for roughly six weeks (Pro Hockey Talk)

**You've probably seen this by now, but "What Does Phil Kessel Do For A Living" has proven to be a question with hilarious results. (Winging It In Motown)

**Some good news, as Pascal Dupuis avoided a major injury after taking a puck to the neck last week (Puck Daddy)

**Mike Yeo's trying to work the refs a bit, it seems. Hey, if it works, whatever. (Puck Daddy)

**Veteran defenseman Sami Salo is considering retirement after undergoing wrist surgery (Sportsnet)

**Victor Hedman suffered an upper body injury on Saturday night and could miss some time for Tampa Bay (Pro Hockey Talk)

**Are the Oilers really this terrible? (Puck Daddy)

**Former Blackhawk Martin Havlat is recovering from face lacerations suffered in a game vs. Washington last week (Pro Hockey Talk)

**New York's Mikhail Grabovski is recovering from post-concussion symptoms after taking a big hit from John Scott. (Newsday)

**Milan Lucic got fined $5,000 for his obscene gesture in Montreal, which, duh (Puck Daddy)