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Morning Bag Skate: The cuts keep coming for Chicago

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

Jonathan Daniel

Happy Tuesday morning! SB Nation rolled out its big 2014-15 NHL season preview on Monday, which we contributed to, and as part of that, we're also running lots of other content here this week. Some of that went up yesterday, including answers to three big questions facing the Hawks and a look at the Central Division. There will be more stuff in the coming days, but for now, let's get to the news.

**More cuts for the Blackhawks on Monday. The roster will soon sit at 28, with just a few more moves to go. (Second City Hockey)

**Marian Hossa missed practice Monday with a minor injury, but we're not going to sweat this one since he's expected back today (CSN Chicago)

**The Avalanche extended defenseman Brad Stuart on a two-year, $7.2 million contract, which is probably as crazy as it sounds. The veteran, who turns 35 in November, has recorded 17 points in 109 games while watching his playing time steadily decline over the past two seasons. (TSN)

**Colorado forward Cody McLeod signed a three-year, $4 million deal as well (Denver Post)

**The Stars got Cody Eakin under contract for $3.8 million over two years, good for a $1.9 million cap hit. Dallas still needs to hammer out a deal with its other remaining RFA, Brendan Dillon. (Dallas Morning News)

**Boston signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith to identical one-year, $1.4 million contracts. Seems like pretty solid value. (Bruins)

**The Bruins also let go Ville Leino from his tryout deal (Bruins)

**Another blow for Columbus, which will be without Boone Jenner for 4-to-6 weeks after he broke his hand (Columbus Dispatch)

**A mediocre Eastern Conference will only mean more craziness come playoff time. (SB Nation)

**The next face of American hockey might be Jack Eichel, but he'll have to rip that title from Patrick Kane's cold, dead -- or not dead, I suppose -- hands (SB Nation)

**Sean Leahy writes from Barclays Center, which hosted an Islanders-Devils game on Friday and will soon house the Isles full-time (Puck Daddy)

**Toronto's David Booth will miss four weeks after suffering a broken foot (National Post)

**Why could next season be a disaster for the Avalanche? Here's a breakdown. (SB Nation)

**The Blues have brought in Bob Gainey as a consultant to coach Ken Hitchcock (TSN)