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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks to open community ice arena in November

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

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The Chicago Blackhawks will open its privately-funded $60 million community ice arena that spans 125,000 square feet Nov. 15, reports Chris Kuc of The Chicago Tribune.

HAWKS

**Hawks set to open state-of-the-art ice arena ahead of schedule (Chicago Tribune)

**Hawks release complete TV schedule for 2017-18 season (SCH)

**Hawks, Oilers are finalists to sign Cody Franson, per report (SCH)

**How will Panarin trade impact Kane’s numbers? (SCH)

**Who will be the Blackhawks’ breakout player in 2017-18? (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Jets give Maurice, Cheveldayoff contract extensions (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Eriksson Ek, Kunin head Wild roster for Traverse City tournament (Star Tribune)

**Exclusive Q&A: Stars' coach Hitchcock on Hanzal/Spezza logjam, carrying eight defensemen (Dallas Morning News)

NHL

**NHL PTO tracker 2017: All of the tryout deals in one place (SBN)

**#NHLTopPlayers: Nos. 41-50 (NHL.com)

**NHL’s offside challenge now has a new, more punishing rule (SBN)

**Why NHL’s harsh penalty for failed offside challenges could be smart (SBN)

**Panthers evacuating players, staff to Boston in wake of Hurricane Irma (SBN)

**Flames sign Bennett to 2-year, $3.9M contract (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

**Senators’ Karlsson (foot) could miss season opener (Silver Seven)

**Tavares calm, composed without extension from Islanders (NHL.com)

**Report: Canucks, Horvat getting closer to a new deal (PHT)

**Hurricanes will have captain next season (The News & Observer)

**Vegas unveils Pickard’s new fan-designed goalie mask (Knights On The Ice)

**Jagr ponders 2018 Winter Olympics if no NHL deal surfaces (PHT)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Top 10 NHL prospects to follow in the KHL this season (SBN)

**Top 25 NHL prospects to follow in college hockey next season (SBN)