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Morning Bag Skate: 8-11-18

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

James Black

BLACKHAWKS

**Hawks T25U25: Alexandre Fortin at No. 22 (SCH)

**In their words: Hawks legend Mikita remembered (The Athletic)

**Former Hawk of the Week: Mike Smith (SCH)

**Remembering Mikita Part III (Blackhawks.com)

**Hawks to host public visitation for Mikita at United Center (SCH)

**Kuc: Mikita’s greatest legacy goes far beyond hockey (The Athletic)

**Hawks T25U25: Complete rankings (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Stanley Cup blueprint: How the Central teams stack up to the Capitals’ best assets (The Athletic)

**Ellis, Predators engaged in talks about new deal (theScore)

**Preds T25U25: Miroslav Svoboda at No. 18 (On The Forecheck)

**Avs T25U25: Vladislav Kamenev at No. 13 (Mile High Hockey)

**NHL farm system rankings: Preds at No. 26 (The Athletic)

NHL

**Red Wings sign Larkin to 5-year, $30.5M extension (Winging It In Motown)

**Red Wings’ Holland: ‘There’s a real unknown right now with Zetterberg’ (theScore)

**A closer look at cap allocation across the NHL (TSN)

**How to improve restricted free agency (ESPN)

**Gionta content with possible retirement (NHL.com)

**NHL farm system rankings: No. 23 Penguins (The Athletic)

**NHL farm system rankings: No. 22 Oilers (The Athletic)

**Stanley Cup blueprint: How the Pacific teams stack up the Capitals’ best assets (The Athletic)

**Flames T25U25: Gaudreau at No. 1 (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Ex-Leafs assistant GM Mark Hunter returns to London Knights as GM (London Free Press)