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Morning Bag Skate: A new week, hopefully a better week

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

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Not exactly how we wanted that weekend to go, from the terrible Halloween weather in Chicago to the subpar performances on the ice, but hopefully a new week can bring some new fortunes. Here's your news for Monday morning:

**Antti Raanta says he was never worried about losing the backup job to Scott Darling (CSN Chicago)

**Boston announced a multi-year contract extension for head coach Claude Julien (Bruins)

**Edmonton will be without Taylor Hall for two-to-four weeks after the winger suffered an MCL sprain on Saturday night (Oilers)

**The Rangers expect Ryan McDonagh to be out three-to-four weeks with a separated shoulder. (Pro Hockey Talk)

**New York also waived Ryan Malone on Sunday, and there's word he may not report to the AHL if he clears. (TSN)

**Jason LaBarbera made his first start with the Ducks on Sunday night after John Gibson suffered an injury during the game's pre-game skate. The team's other goaltender, Frederik Andersen, is sidelined with leg tightness. (Pro Hockey Talk)

**The Leafs' Joffrey Lupul is out indefinitely after breaking his hand (Puck Daddy)

**Some movement by the Wild this weekend after Jared Spurgeon was placed on IR. (Star Tribune)

**So Connor McDavid is pretty awesome, but are there any flaws in his developing game? (Puck Daddy)

**The NHL gave Jordan Nolan a two-game suspension for his big hit on Darren Helm from Thursday night. (NHL)

**Veteran defenseman Mark Fraser has signed with the AHL's Albany Devils (Pro Hockey Talk)