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Morning Bag Skate: More talk of expansion as the season draws near

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

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It's Thursday morning, and the hockey world remains abuzz with talk of NHL expansion. Let's take a look at the latest around the sport:

**NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly pretty aggressively denied the talk surrounding expansion (National Post)

**The situation between Daniel Alfredsson and the Red Wings remains unclear with training camp looming a few weeks away (Pro Hockey Talk)

**The Oilers are angling to sign defenseman Justin Schultz to a bridge contract similar to the one P.K. Subban signed with Montreal (Edmonton Journal)

**Part two of the interview between Philly GM Ron Hextall and SB Nation's Flyers blog (Broad Street Hockey)

**Las Vegas Icons? Las Vegas Show? How about the Las Vegas Craps? Sean Gentile looks at possible names for an expansion team in Sin City (Sporting News)

**A downright horrifying recount of a near-fatal bicycle accident involving Cory Sarich, who had a "truck drive over his back last month" (Calgary Herald)

**The Flyers re-signed Brandon Manning to a two-way deal (Pro Hockey Talk)

**The Devils have invited Scott Gomez back to training camp for an unsigned tryout (NJ.com)