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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks close door on 2017-18 season

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The Chicago Blackhawks closed the door on their forgettable 2017-18 season with its exit interviews Monday.

The Stanley Cup playoffs will start Wednesday.


**GM Bowman gives his season recap (SCH)

**Q&A: Hawks assistant GM Norm Maciver discusses his NHL career, roster building and more (The Athletic)

**Quenneville calls for Hawks to be ‘relentless’ next season (SCH)

**Saad ‘definitely not happy’ with his production in return to Hawks (SCH)

**GM Bowman: Hossa’s status ‘unchanged’ (SCH)

**Kane will captain Team USA at Worlds (SCH)

**Which Hawks will play at Worlds? (SCH)

**Toews remains vague on his upper-body injury (SCH)

**Saying farewell (again) to Patrick Sharp (SCH)

**Speed or strength? Toews doesn’t want to give up either (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Sikura is experienced and confident on his developmental path (Chicago Tribune)

**Understanding the Hawks’ defensive catastrophe this season (The Athletic)

**Celebrate Blackhawks legend Scott Foster with this T-shirt (SCH)


**Predators vs. Avs Series Preview: Colorado forwards (On The Forecheck)

**Predators vs. Avs Series Preview: Colorado defense (On The Forecheck)

**Avs ride rookie wave to playoffs (Mile High Hockey)

**Colorado GM Sakic on Humboldt tragedy: ‘It brings you back’ (The Athletic)

**Avs complete improbable regular season (Mile High Hockey)

**Jets, Wild first round schedule (Hockey Wilderness)

**Stars sign Michigan product Calderone to 2-year deal (Defending Big D)

**Four reasons Blues missed playoffs (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)


**Flames’ Monahan underwent 4 surgeries since removal from lineup (theScore)

**Rangers’ Head Coaching Search: Nine potential options (Blueshirt Banter)

**Rangers rumored to sign Ilya Kovalchuk to multi-year deal (Blueshirt Banter)

**Hurricanes owner looking to shake up, toughen up team (theScore)

**Hurricanes’ Peters to coach Canada at Worlds (Sportsnet)

**Canadiens’ Shaw to undergo knee surgery (theScore)

**Habs sign Notre Dame captain Evans to 2-year deal (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**Rangers to have ECHL affiliate in Portland, Maine (Blueshirt Banter)


**Tears flow as thousands gather to remember Humboldt Broncos (Sportsnet)