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Morning Bag Skate: Dallas Stars to host 2018 NHL draft

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NHL: NHL Draft David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Stars will host the 2018 NHL draft Friday-Saturday, June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The first round will be June 22 and the final six rounds June 23.

Dallas will host the draft for the first time as it celebrates its 25th season in Texas after leaving Minnesota. It will be the second straight year a Central Division team will host the draft after Chicago hosted it in 2017.

HAWKS

**Hawks should pursue Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher, who will hit free agency (SCH)

**Lalonde is free agent 4 years after turning down Hawks contract (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Wild sign Niederreiter to 5-year deal worth $26.25M (Hockey Wilderness)

**Dallas will host 2018 NHL draft (Defending Big D)

**Restless Fabbri is ready for Blues camp already (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Johansen’s blockbuster deal could set up Preds dynasty (Yahoo! Sports)

**Preds T25U25: Miikka Salmoaki at No. 19 (On The Forecheck)

**Avs T25U25: Sergei Boikov at No. 23 (Mile High Hockey)

**Avs T25U25: Julien Nantel at No. 24 (Mile High Hockey)

**Avs T25U25: Igor Shvyryov at No. 25 (Mile High Hockey)

NHL

**Every major NHL free agency signing (SBN)

**NHL no-trade clauses are infuriating, but details matter (Yahoo! Sports)

**NHL’s T25U25: Follow the complete list (SBN)

**NHL’s T25U25: Ducks’ Hampus Lindholm at No. 21 (SBN)

**Why is it taking Jagr so long to find a new team? (SBN)

**Penguins sign Sheary for 3 years, $9M (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

**Capitals Australian prospect Walker looking to make NHL history this season (PHT)

**Canucks prospect Pettersson reportedly aggravated injury at Summer Showcase (PHT)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Former Quebec Nordiques GM Maurice Filion dies at 85 (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL champions Saint John coach Danny Flynn steps down (Sportsnet)

**USHL protected, affiliate lists (SBN College Hockey)