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

Jonathan Daniel

The hockey-less days continue to roll by as we stretch out for Thursday morning. Let's take a look at the latest news from around the hockey world:

**Looking to fill that gap left in your heart by Extra Skater? Here are the details on a couple new advanced stats resources to pop up recently. They're not quite as good, but it's a start no doubt. (The Committed Indian)

**Hawks color commentator Eddie Olczyk has agreed to coach one of the teams at USA Hockey's All-American Prospect Game along with Mike Grier (CSN Chicago)

**Stan Bowman is shaking up the front office a little bit before next season (The Third Man In)

**More player profiles, this time Marian Hossa is up (CSN Chicago)

**The Bruins have agreed to a monster six-year, $43.5 million extension with David Krejci, making him the team's highest paid player according to cap hit. The deal begins in 2015-16. (WEEI)

**No. 1 overall pick Aaron Ekblad officially agreed to his entry-level contract with the Panthers on Wednesday. We'll likely be seeing him next season. (Panthers)

**Carolina has hired Joe Nieuwendyk as a "pro scout/advisor" for the upcoming season. Apparently he won't even have to leave his home town of Dallas. (Hurricanes)

**SB Nation's Lightning blog spoke to former Tampa Bay and Calgary GM Jay Feaster on a number of topics (Raw Charge)

**Ryan Johansen isn't the only player having issues with his team. The agent for Blues forward Jaden Schwartz says the two sides are "significantly apart" in negotiations at the moment. Fun times in early September, you guys. (Pro Hockey Talk)

**Mike Babcock has decided to open the season with Darren Helm at winger next to Pavel Datsyuk given the team's depth up the middle. (Pro Hockey Talk)

**The Canadiens are bringing in 25-year-old winger Drayson Bowman on a tryout basis. The former third-round pick appeared in a career-high 70 games with Carolina last season. (The Score)