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Morning Bag Skate: 1-12-19

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

Vegas Golden Knights v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Blackhawks host the Golden Knights on Saturday at the United Center.

The IceHogs started their three-game Texas road trip Friday with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Texas Stars in Cedar Park.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Fire traded the No. 5 overall pick to Colorado for the No. 15 pick and $100K in allocation. Chicago then flipped the No. 15 pick to Minnesota for $50K in allocation. The Fire ended Day 1 of the MLS SuperDraft at McCormick Place by trading their second round pick to the New York Red Bulls for a player-to-be-named later.

The Bears hired former Colts head coach Chuck Pogano has their new defensive coordinator. The Bulls fell 146-109 to the Warriors. The Cubs and White Sox avoided arbitration with seven and four players, respectively.

BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks trade Rutta to Lightning for Koekkoek (SCH)

Watch: Koekkoek lip syncing “Love Shack” and “I Want It That Way” (SCH)

As Hossa turns 40, Blackhawks still miss his presence on and off the ice (The Athletic)

Delia learning how to succeed even when he’s not at his best: ‘My B game is still pretty good’ (Chicago Tribune)

Murphy sticks his face in it, grows into sturdy defenseman for Blackhawks (Chicago Sun-Times)

2019 NHL All-Star Game: Toews not voted in (SCH)

Blackhawks T25U25: Dahlstrom at top of Nos. 16-20 group (SCH)

Blackhawks T25U25: The 2018-19 mid-season rankings (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

RECAP: Brossoit, Jets hold on against Red Wings (NHL)

Preds’ Watson opens up about alcoholism, mental illness, his arrest (The Tennessean)

MacKinnon calls outburst directed at Bednar ‘unacceptable’ (The Score)

NHL

NHL tests player-tracking technology that could fundamentally change how we watch the game (The Athletic)

Hockey players have big butts, and they cannot lie (ESPN)

Arizona’s Corey Schwab keeping Coyotes alive, 1 goaltending success story at a time (The Athletic)

Rick Nash to retire due to concussion symptoms (The Score)

RECAP: Ducks lose 10th straight game after Penguins score 7 (NHL)

RECAP: Flames rally past Panthers for 4th straight win (NHL)

RECAP: Skinner scores, but Sabres lose to Hurricanes (NHL)

Penguins sign DeSmith to 3-year, $1.25M contract extension (Pensburgh)

Flyers send Weal to Coyotes for Graves, 6th-round pick (Broad Street Hockey)

HOCKEY WORLD

Southern-fried hockey: How Alabama has made the sport its own (ESPN)

QMJHL: Dobson impresses in debut as Huskies beat Wildcats (Sportsnet)