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Morning Bag Skate: David Rundblad settling in with 'Hawks

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

Jonathan Daniel

It's back to game day as the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Detroit Red Wings for the first and only time in the Motor City this season. We can save our opinions on the two teams being split into different conferences for another time, though, since we got news to get to.

**David Rundblad is emerging as a steady presence on defense for the 'Hawks (CSN Chicago)

**Not sure this is a spectacular use of time but hey, whatever you gotta do as a fan (Puck Daddy)

**Senators general manager Bryan Murray has Stage 4 colon cancer that's spread to his liver and lungs. The 71-year-old says there's no cure, and he's undergoing chemotherapy. Can't really stress enough the importance of getting a colonoscopy as you get older. (SB Nation)

**Corey Perry spoke about dealing with the mumps for the past week-plus (L.A. Times)

**SBN NBA columnist and longtime Sacramento Kings fan Tom Ziller explains why the Maloofs would be a terrible ownership group for the NHL. As someone who's also followed hoops closely for many years, I can't agree with Tom more. (SB Nation)

**Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta returned to practice Thursday and confirmed his recent surgery was to remove a cancerous tumor. He's still a few days from returning, but it's remarkable either way. (PHT)

**Aaron Ekblad is impressing in his rookie season with Florida after being selected No. 1 overall in the 2014 Entry Draft (SB Nation)

**It's tough for Nathan Horton these days as the winger tries to recover from major back issues. He's currently considering career-ending surgery, making it possible the 29-year-old has played his last game as a professional hockey player. (Columbus Dispatch)

**The Capitals and Mike Green are more or less evaluating each other as the talented defenseman's contract expires at the end of the season (NBC Washington)

**The Rangers placed defenseman and former Blackhawk Michael Kostka on waivers (PHT)