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Morning Bag Skate: NHL to allow AHL players to compete at 2018 Olympics

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Venues And Townscape Ahead Of PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Chicago Blackhawks prospects in the AHL under two-way NHL contracts will be eligible to compete in the 2018 Olympics under the condition they only be released for the Games in February. Players will only be available for their respective national teams between Feb. 5-26. The men’s tournament runs from Feb. 9-25.

HAWKS

**Chicago punishes city workers who closed street during NBA, NHL games for free parking (SBN)

**Hawks prospects learning there are countless paths to NHL (Chicago Sun Times)

**Sikura further proving why Hawks want him signed (The Athletic)

**Why Hawks prospects are already buying what Rockford coach Colliton is selling (CSN)

**Every Hawks trade, signing during 2017 offseason in one place (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Weber’s offer sheet fallout with Flyers five years later (Yahoo!)

**Preds report card: Josi (On The Forecheck)

**Blues scheduled for hearing with Parayko (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NHL

**Every major NHL free agency signing (SBN)

**NHL should get rid of home and away jerseys like the NBA did (SBN)

**Who are top 50 Russian NHL players of all time? (The Hockey News)

**What would it take for Lightning to afford Islanders’ Tavares? (Raw Charge)

**Hurricanes losing fans more than any NHL team (Charlotte News and Observer)

**Panthers sign first-rounder Owen Tippett to rookie deal (Litter Box Cats)

**Islanders keep Cronin, promote him to associate coach (Lighthouse Hockey)

**Harvard product Donato won’t pull a Vesey on Bruins (PHT)

HOCKEY WORLD

**NHL to allow AHL players to compete at Olympic Games (CBC Sports)

**Lightning add Ken Klee to AHL coaching staff (PHT)