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Morning Bag Skate: 8-30-18

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

San Jose Sharks v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

BLACKHAWKS

**Hawks not interested in Russia free agent Sergei Shumakov, per report (SCH)

**Boqvist, Jokiharju, Sikura highlight Hawks’ roster for prospect tourney (SCH)

**Hawks T25U25: Henri Jokiharju at No. 3 (SCH)

**Hawks T25U25: Complete rankings (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**NHL farm system rankings: No. 3 St. Louis Blues (The Athletic)

**State of the Franchise: Preds in win-now mode, remain Stanley Cup favorites (The Athletic)

**Wild T25U25: Jack Sadek at No. 24 (Hockey Wilderness)

NHL

**Flyers, Simmonds have had preliminary talks about new contract (theScore)

**Connolly won’t go to White House if Capitals are invited (The Washington Post)

**UFA Joel Ward still counting on NHL job: ‘Stay patient and just be ready’ (theScore)

**Sabres T25U25: Eichel at No. 1 (Die By The Blade)

**Oilers T25U25: Draisaitl at No. 2 (Copper N Blue)

**Maple Leafs T25U25: Rielly at No. 4 (Pension Plan Puppets)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Women’s hockey T25U25: No. 3 Daryl Watts (The Ice Garden)