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Morning Bag Skate: Versteeg still eyeing rebound season

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

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The Chicago Blackhawks have a marquee matchup Tuesday night against the Anaheim Ducks, but let's get to the news before digging into that. Here's the latest:

**Kris Versteeg is still hoping to get back to his old ways this season. Other than a goal Saturday, we haven't seen it much yet. (CSN Chicago)

**I missed this yesterday but it got posted in the comments. If you didn't see it there, Chris Peters wrote a really nice story on Scott Darling's path to the NHL. (CBS Sports)

**The NHL has suspended John Scott two games for his conduct in the Sharks-Ducks game on Sunday (Pro Hockey Talk)

**Chris Kreider got ejected Monday night for a controversial hit on Jonas Brodin (Puck Daddy)

**Olli Maatta needs to undergo surgery to remove a potentially cancerous tumor, the Penguins announced Monday. He isn't expected to be out more than a few weeks and won't need chemotherapy or radiation, so I suppose we'll take the positive perspective and note it's good they discovered it now. (Penguins)

**Some pretty unfortunate details in the civil case filed against Semyon Varlamov on Monday. You can read it here, if you're interested. (SB Nation)

**Eric Staal plans to play for the Hurricanes tonight after missing two-plus weeks with a lower body injury (Hurricanes)

**The Panthers announced that Eric Joyce has been named GM of their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage (Panthers)

**Nail Yakupov has had enough of people talking about his defensive work. He's a forward, after all. (TSN)

**Pretty neat addition to the arena aesthetic in Columbus following in the cannonball tradition (Puck Daddy)

**The Coyotes have added former NHL center Brian Rolston to their pro scouting and analytics staff (Coyotes)

**Islanders GM Garth Snow called Johnny Boychuk an "obvious" long-term fit in Long Island (SNY TV)

*The Flames have waived Corey Potter (TVA Sports)