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Morning Bag Skate: Nick Schmaltz watch picks up after Blackhawks sign Luke Johnson

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

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The Chicago Blackhawks signed 2013 fifth-round pick Luke Johnson to a three-year entry-level contract Friday. The move adds intrigue to whether or not 2014 first-round pick Nick Schmaltz will sign with Chicago after two seasons in North Dakota, and if undrafted free agent Drake Caggiula will join him.


**Hawks sign Luke Johnson to three-year, entry-level deal (SCH)

**For Ladd, chance to play for contender trumps money (CSNC)

**Hawks regretfully lose valuable title opportunity (SCH)

**Hawks among teams 'in the mix' to sign KHL defenseman Michal Kempny (SCH)

**Report: Senators expected to ask Hawks permission to interview assistant Kevin Dineen (SCH)

**Hawks' free agents: Who should Chicago try to re-sign? (SCH)


**Preview: Brave vs. Mustangs (SCoC)


**Recap: Stars score in third to take Game 1 over Blues (DBD)

**Recap: Sharks rally to win Game 1 over Preds (FTF)

**Blues, Caps to play preseason game in Kansas City (KC Star)


**Full schedule for second round of playoffs (PHT)

**Ducks fire Bruce Boudreau (SBN NHL)

**Could Boudreau be Sens' next coach? (Silver Seven)

**Capitals' Wilson slapped with max fine for kneeing Sheary in Game 1 (JR)

**Canucks sign free agent goalie Garteig of Quinnipiac (QU)

**Flames sign Czech forward Daniel Pribyl to two-year entry-level deal (M&G)

**Sabres sign Larsson to one-year contract (ESPN)


**Alexander Radulov confirms he'll play in NHL next season (SBN NHL)

**WHL Playoffs: Brandon top Red Deer in Game 5, win Eastern Conference (WHL)

**WHL Playoffs: Championship series schedule (WHL)