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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks playing waiting game on NHL free agency

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

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The Chicago Blackhawks acquired forward Liam Coughlin from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for goaltender Anders Nilsson on Monday. The team also announced they will host their 2015 training camp at the University of Notre Dame for the third straight year.

Here's the latest news:


**Hawks acquire Oilers forward prospect Liam Coughlin for Anders Nilsson (SCH)

**Hawks to hold 2015 training camp at Notre Dame (SCH)

**Success has puck in Hawks' zone as Kruger, Oduya await contracts (The Hockey News)

**Hawks practice patience, but for how long? (CSN Chicago)

**Johnny Oduya still looking at options (ESPN Chicago)

Central Division

**Wild's Niklas Backstrom says elbow injury had nerve damage (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

**Wild sign Harvard's goaltender Stephen Michalek (SBN College Hockey)

**Blues sign defenseman Andre Benoit (St. Louis Game Time)

**How bad was the Stars defense last season? (Defending Big D)


**First step in expansion process underway (TSN)

**Expansion process comes at inopportune time for Kansas City hockey fans (Kansas City Star)

**Coyotes sign No. 3 overall pick Dylan Strome to entry-level contract (Puck Daddy)

**Kings keep their core players, but there are issues too (LA Times)

**Oilers taking RFA defenseman Justin Schultz to arbitration (Edmonton Journal)

**Capitals re-sign Evgeny Kuznetsov to two-year, $6 million deal (Japers Rink)

**Sabres hire Dan Lambert away WHL Kelowna (Die By The Blade)

**Bruins re-sign Brett Connolly, Jimmy Hayes, Brandon DeFazio (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

**Maple Leafs sign Shawn Matthias (Pension Plan Puppets)

Hockey world

**NHL journeyman Bruno Gervais signs with Eisbaren Berlin in Germany (Pro Hockey Talk)

**Mike Hastings signs eight-year contract with Minnesota State (SBN College Hockey)

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