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Morning Bag Skate: The lines are a changin'

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

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It seems laughable that we thought the Blackhawks might enter next season with some semblance of stability, as the coaching staff is already stirring things up before opening night. It appears we'll have a new (old) second line to start the season, and who knows what's going on with the defense at this point. I suppose we'll just have to wait and see, so here's the news for Tuesday morning.

**The Kane-Shaw-Saad line is back in service (SCH)

**The Hawks officially assigned Ville Pokka and TJ Brennan, two pieces of the Nick Leddy deal, to Rockford (CSN Chicago)

**Leddy on being in New York: "It’s a relief that it’s over and I’m happy to be here." (Puck Daddy)

**The Blue Jackets finally got Ryan Johansen under contract on a three-year, $12 million deal. That's a relatively steep price for Columbus to pay, but it was necessary with the team's lack of depth. (Columbus Dispatch)

**Bad news for Carolina and young forward Jeff Skinner, who has been diagnosed with a concussion after taking a big hit from Matt Niskanen in a preseason contest. It's not the first time the talented scorer has dealt with head injuries. (Pro Hockey Talk)

**The Rangers freed up a spot for young winger Anthony Duclair be trading Steven Kampfer and Andrew Yogan to the Panthers for Joey Crabb (Rangers)

**Former Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell is the new captain of the Panthers (Sun Sentinel)

**Less than a day after acquiring him, the Jets placed goaltender Peter Budaj on waivers. The team wants him around, but would rather stick him in the AHL with Ondrej Pavelec and Andrew Hutchinson filling the NHL spots. Winnipeg apparently preferred risking Budaj to waivers over Hutchinson. (Pro Hockey Talk)

**The Wild may not be done with Ilya Bryzgalov for good, but they've released the veteran goaltender for now (Star Tribune)

**Hilary Knight spoke with Jen Neale on a number of topics, including what it was like practicing with the Ducks (Puck Daddy)

**19-year-old Curtis Lazar, the 17th pick in the 2013 draft, has made Ottawa's opening night roster (Senators)

**Wojtek Wolski didn't quite blow up in the NHL, but he recently set the KHL record by getting a hat trick in less than two minutes. (Puck Daddy)

**Lots of other guys hit waivers, and Puck Daddy kept track of the names here (Puck Daddy)

**A little ice marking rule change for next season (SB Nation)