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Morning Bag Skate: June 1 draft signing deadline

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

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The deadline for NHL teams to sign certain prospects is June 1. Teams hold rights to the players they've drafted from the Canadian Hockey League for two years after the draft, while teams have four years to sign a player outside of North America. NCAA players can be signed up to 30 days after they finish school.

For the Blackhawks that means they'll have to sign goaltender Ivan Nalimov or they'll lose his rights.

Pittsburgh will look to take a 2-0 lead when they host the San Jose Sharks for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.


**Why does Hossa want to play for Team Europe at World Cup? (SCH)

**Braun says losing father-in-law Tommy Lysiak 'tough day' (CSN Bay Area)

**SCH Days of Fandom: Former NHL player you wish would've played for Hawks (SCH)


**Blues' Hitchcock says 2016-17 season will be his last (STLToday)

**Stars player grades: Klingberg (DBD)

**Stars have cap space for offseason moves (DBD)

**Stars player grades: Hemsky (DBD)

**Avs Year-End Review: Rantanen (MHH)

**Avs Year-End Review: Agozzino (MHH)

**Avs Year-End Review: Zadorov (MHH)

**Avs Year-End Review: Landeskog (MHH)


**Stanley Cup Final schedule, TV, start times (SBN)

**Report: Carlyle, Ducks expected to meet about head coaching vacancy (theScore)

**Senators, NHL exploring possibility of outdoor game on Parliament Hill (Ottawa Sun)

**Former Flyer Rick MacLeish dies at 66 (BSH)

**Flames new forward Pribyl aiming to crack lineup (Calgary Sun)

**Blue Jackets not expected to sign QMJHL prospect Pelletier (PHT)


**Bruins' Khokhlachev to sign in KHL (PHT)

**Ulf Samuelsson named head coach of Canes' AHL affiliate (CC)

**Mark Arcobello signs 2-yera deal with SC Bern of Swiss League (theScore)

**Sens' prospect Wikstrand signs 4-year extension with Färjestad BK of SHL (Silver Seven)