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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks' Bob Verdi honored by HHOF

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

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Congrats to former Tribune writer and current Hawks historian Bob Verdi on being honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame. Verdi has long been one of Chicago's most treasured sports journalists and we're thrilled to see that he's getting the attention he deserves on a national scale. Onto the news!


**Toews joins Instagram (SCH)

**Hawks' historian Verdi to be honored by HHOF (SCH)

**SCH Days of Fandom: Most disliked NHL team (SCH)


**UND working on Frozen Four bid with St. Louis (Grand Forks Herald)

**Despite being shunned by Avs, Butcher hopes to attend prospects camp (Denver Post)

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

**Wild's Granlund is out of excuses (HW)


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

**Penguins' Crosby isn't cheating on face-offs (SBN)

**LOOK: Panthers unveil new uniforms, logos (SBN)

**Panthers hire Sabres' assistant Barr (PHT)

**Habs hire Mueller as associate coach (EOTP)

**Islanders sign Cizikas to five-year, $16.75 million (LH)

**Red Wings interested in signing Radulov to one-year deal (WIIM)

**Red Wings get permission to talk to former Senators coach Cameron (WIIM)

**Peters would be 'shocked' if Aho can't make Canes' roster (The News & Observer)


**5 first-time Frozen Four hosts ideas (Grand Forks Herald)

**Leafs' prospect Marner opens up debate about NHL-CHL agreement (Yahoo)