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Morning Bag Skate: 5-14-19

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

Ryan VandenBussche stretches his legs Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images/NHLI

The Blackhawks re-signed defenseman Slater Koekkoek to a one-year contract worth $925,000 on Monday.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the White Sox clubbed Cleveland 5-2 for their third straight win. The Bears signed three of their five draft picks to four-year rookie deals.

On Tuesday, the Cubs start a series against the Reds in Cincinnati while the White Sox host Cleveland.

BLACKHAWKS

Worlds: Day 4 recap on Blackhawks players, prospects (SCH)

3 Blackhawks prospects to play in 2019 Memorial Cup (SCH)

Ejdsell explains decision to leave Blackhawks for Sweden (The Athletic)

Blackhawks re-sign Slater Koekkoek to 1-year, $925K contract (SCH)

Blackhawks’ 2019 offseason schedule (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

WCF Game 2: Bortuzzo goal lets Blues pull even with Sharks with 4-2 win (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Change is coming to the Predators. How should they do it? (The Athletic)

Where do things stand with the Avalanche heading into the summer? (The Athletic)

NHL

Hurricanes’ Williams: ‘Shame on us for not being able to instill our game’ (News&Observer)

Will home ice be enough of an advantage for Hurricanes? (News&Observer)

Bourne: Why Carolina skaters are trying to do too much and should instead start trusting their goalie (The Athletic)

Krueger looks to be favorite for Sabres’ head coaching job (Die By The Blade)

Ducks’ Kesler undergoes hip surgery, likely out for ‘19-20 season (Anaheim Calling)

Sabres’ Pilut to miss 5-6 months after shoulder surgery (Die By The Blade)

Finnish defenseman Kaski to sign with Red Wings after worlds (Winging It In Motown)

Ducks sign Dostal to 3-year ELC (Anaheim Calling)

HOCKEY WORLD

What would a WNHL look like? (The Athletic)

Raiders beat Giants in OT to win WHL title (Sportsnet)