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Morning Bag Skate: 6-30-19

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

Chicago Blackhawks v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

There was no news on the Blackhawks’ front Saturday.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, Javier Baez hit a grand slam and Jose Quintana tossed six shutout innings in the Cubs’ 6-0 win over the Reds. The White Sox gave up five home runs in a 10-3 loss to the Twins.

On Sunday, the Red Stars visit the Orlando Pride. The Sky head to Los Angeles to play the Sparks. The Cubs and White Sox both play.

(Photo: Karl Stewart)

BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks sign John Quenneville, Dylan Sikura to 2-year contracts (SCH)

Tape-to-tape: What we’re hearing about the Blackhawks entering free agency (The Athletic)

Blackhawks in contract talks with David Kampf, per report (SCH)

NHL free agency: Blackhawks news, rumors, updates (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Stars place Nichushkin on waivers for buyout (Defending Big D)

Sources: Wild aggressively pursuing Mats Zuccarello, Ryan Hartman (The Athletic)

How Western Canada suddenly became the Avs’ prospect pipeline (The Athletic)

NHL

Coyotes acquire Kessel from Penguins (Five For Howling)

Done deal: Kessel the ‘elite horse’ the Coyotes were seeking to bolster scoring (The Athletic)

A look at how — and why — Phil Kessel was traded to Arizona (The Athletic)

Leafs hire former Flyers coach Dave Hakstol as an assistant (Pension Plan Puppets)

Leafs sign Marincin, Hutchinson to 1-year, $700K deals (Pension Plan Puppets)

Senators nearing Ceci trade with Leafs for Zaitsev (Silver Seven)

Sabres’ first-round pick Cozens sustains nasty hand injury (PHT)

Sabres reportedly sign non-tendered Curtis Lazar (Die By The Blade)

McElhinney won’t return to Hurricanes (The Score)

HOCKEY WORLD

Why did Calder Cup-winning Checkers coach Mike Vellucci leave Hurricanes organization? (The Athletic)