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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks brush off rumors of locker room fight

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

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The Blackhawks took advantage of a home-and-home against the Panthers to get four points, but the roster situation is the focus now with Patrick Kane on the mend and the trade deadline looming. Expect a ton of trade talk over the next few days before March 2. Here's the news:

**Jonathan Toews says the players were joking about rumors of a locker room fight during lunch Thursday. Doesn't sound like there's anything to it so there's not really much to discuss. (PHT)

**Here's how those locker room fight rumors originated. (Puck Daddy)

**The 'Hawks made a minor move Thursday, sending AHL defenseman T.J. Brennan to Toronto for AHL forward Spencer Abbott. (SCH)

**You're probably heard by now that Jaromir Jagr is a member of the Panthers. The Devils traded Jagr to Florida on Thursday for a second-round pick and a conditional third-round pick. (Panthers)

**Brandon Dubinsky left the Blue Jackets' game Thursday night after slamming into the boards. Hopefully he's not injured as badly as Kane. (SB Nation)

**The NHL investigated allegations that Cal Clutterbuck spit on Daniel Sedin during a recent game, but found no evidence to back up the claims. (PHT)

**In a surprising swap of ugly contracts, the Maple Leafs traded mediocre forward David Clarkson to the Blue Jackets for injured forward Nathan Horton. (PHT)

**Here's a look into why the Clarkson/Horton deal made sense for both Toronto and Columbus. In brief, it's a money move for both sides. The Leafs free up millions in cap space while swallowing the financial hit on Horton, who's not likely to play again, while the Blue Jackets get someone who can play instead of spending millions on Horton. (ESPN)

**The Blues have acquired Adam Cracknell from the Blue Jackets. He's reporting to the Chicago Wolves. (PHT)

**Raffi Torres' season is officially over after the Sharks announced another ACL surgery. (CSN Bay Area)

**The Kings and reigning Conn Smythe winner Justin Williams don't sound too close to a new contract. (ESPN)