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Morning Bag Skate: Kevin Dineen stays with Blackhawks

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

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Dineen will remain behind the Chicago Blackhawks bench as an assistant coach after the Colorado Avalanche hired Jared Bednar as its head coach. Dineen was reportedly a top candidate for the opening.

HAWKS

**Toews named alternate captain for Canada at WCH (SCH)

**Keith withdraws from WCH to focus on rehabbing knee (SCH)

**Motte, Schmaltz to represent Hawks at NHL Rookie Showcase (SCH)

**Top 25 Under 25: Erik Gustafsson at No. 13 (SCH)

**Top 25 Under 25: Luke Johnson at No. 14 (SCH)

**SCH GIF Tournament (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Avs name Jared Bednar its next head coach (MHH)

**Bednar’s pro hockey roots in rough-and-tumble ECHL (The Denver Post)

**Bednar is a player’s coach: ‘Guys love playing for him. He gets it’ (The Denver Post)

**Report: Avs bringing in Rene Bourque on PTO (theScore)

**Blues name Pietrangelo captain (STLGT)

**Preds Top 25 Under 25: No. 10 Samuel Girard (OTF)

**Well rested Koivu could spell success for Wild (HW)

**Some Wild fans aren’t so crazy over “Let’s Go Crazy” as goal song (HW)

**Which Trashers should be inducted into Jets Hall of Fame? (AIH)

NHL

**Las Vegas could be named Desert Knights (LV R-J)

**Las Vegas hires former Panthers executive Scott Luce (PHT)

**Panthers trade Bolland, Crourse to Arizona (LBC)

**Rangers sign Brandon Pirri to 1-year, $1.1M deal (BB)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Video: Datsyuk scores first goal since returning to KHL (PHT)

**Arizona State officially applies to NCHC but arena question lingers (SBNCH)

**Devils’ Schneider gets patriotic pads for WCH (theScore)

**Matthew Tkachuk wears ‘RIP Harambe’ T-shirt to Memorial Cup parade (theScore)