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Morning Bag Skate: 2-1-19

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

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Chicago Blackhawks vs Buffalo Sabres Photo by Tom Brenner/ Getty Images

The Blackhawks and IceHogs return to action Friday, when Chicago visits Buffalo and Rockford hosts the Wolves.

Former Blackhawks defenseman Ivan Droppa turns 47 on Friday.

BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks will ask Keith if he wants to be traded, per report (SCH)

Blackhawks assign Jokiharju to AHL (SCH)

Blackhawks will have to be ‘wowed’ to trade Gustafsson, per report (SCH)

Prospect Artur Kayumov now plans to sign in 2020, per report (SCH)

Antoine Vermette, former Blackhawks Stanley Cup champion, retires (SCH)

Storystream: SCH’s ‘State of the Franchise’ series (SCH)

Where do the Blackhawks go from here? (SCH)

Prospect Ian Mitchell has NHL, NCAA title on his mind (Chicago Tribune)

Off Beat: First goal? First win? No, perhaps the biggest milestone for a young NHL player is receiving The Letter (The Athletic)

How does DeBrincat customize his stick? The same way he always has (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

‘Mentally, it’s hard’: Eric Staal opens up about his uncertain future in Minnesota (The Athletic)

Fly like an Eagle? Why the Avalanche’s new AHL affiliate is doing that and more (The Athletic)

The biggest questions for the Predators: From Austin Watson to the trade deadline (The Athletic)

Blues put Perron on IR with upper-body injury (ESPN)

Blues leaving KMOX for ESPN next season (St. Louis GameTime)

RECAP: Connor wins it late for Jets against Blue Jackets (NHL)

NHL

Coyne Schofield responds to backlash against McGuire (SCH)

Ryan: McGuire’s condescending treatment of Coyne Schofield is all too familiar for women in male-dominated field (Chicago Tribune)

One-on-one with McPhee: Golden Knights GM talks shop during bye week (Knights On Ice)

RECAP: Flyers defeat Bruins in OT, extend win streak to 6 (NHL)

RECAP: Zibanejad’s hat trick lifts Rangers past Devils (NHL)

Oilers’ Klefbom suffers setback in return from broken finger (Sportsnet)

HOCKEY WORLD

OHL: IceDogs thump Greyhounds, extend win streak to 7 (Sportsnet)

QMJHL: Morand has 6 points as Mooseheads beat Tigres (Sportsnet)