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Morning Bag Skate: Marcus Kruger sees smooth transition ahead with Hurricanes

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

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Marcus Kruger is expecting an easy transition when he hits the ice for the Carolina Hurricanes next season. In large part, Kruger attributes this idea to the fact that four of his new teammates in Carolina played on the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2015 Stanley Cup team.

HAWKS

**Hawks stick to clearance section while free-agent shopping (SCH)

**Kruger: Ending up on Hurricanes a ‘good move’ (Chicago Tribune)

**Playoffs a must, but not a guarantee, for new-look Hawks (Chicago Sun Times)

**Willmette’s Wingles hopes for ‘more than just a good story’ with Hawks (Chicago Tribune)

**Johansson leaves Hawks for KHL’s CSKA Moscow (SCH)

**Projecting the Hawks’ 2017-18 season lineup (SCH)

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

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Blues sign 2017 first-rounder Kostin to ELC (St. Louis GameTime)

**Preds’ 2017 first-rounder Tolvanen will play for Jokerit in KHL next season (BC Interruption)

**Rinne writes raw, emotional story (The Players’ Tribune)

NHL

**Every major NHL free agency signing (SBN)

**Oilers lock up McDavid on 8-year, $100M extension (Copper and Blue)

**McDavid took too much money (Copper and Blue)

**Rangers re-sign Fast to 3-year, $5.5 million deal (Blueshirt Banter)

**3 reasons to love Shattenkirk’s contract with Rangers (Blueshirt Banter)

**Leafs sign Hyman to 4-year, $9M deal (Pension Plan Puppets)

**Habs ink Galchenyk for 3 years, $14.7M (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**Coyotes take 1-year flier on Etem (Five For Howling)

**Sabres add Davis Payne to Housley’s staff (PHT)

**Lightning re-sign defenseman Dotchin to 2-year, $1.625M extension (Raw Charge)

**Bolts re-sign Peca after breakthrough campaign (Raw Charge)

**Is Fowler worth $52 million? Evaluating Ducks’ huge investment (Anaheim Calling)

**Goaltender Berra leaves Switzerland without playing a game, signs with Ducks (OC Register)

HOCKEY WORLD

**KHL Dynamo Moscow fails to honor contracts, all players now free agents (Puck Daddy)