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Morning Bag Skate: 6-8-19

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

Chicago Blackhawks v Los Angeles Kings Photo by Noah Graham/Getty Images

The Blackhawks have reportedly discussed a trade with the Blue Jackets about defenseman Ryan Murray.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, Javier Baez hit a two-run home run to lift the Cubs past the Cardinals 3-1. The Cubs also officially announced the signing of closer Craig Kimbrel. The White Sox fell 6-4 to the Royals.

On Saturday, UFC 238 will feature two championship bouts on the main card at the United Center. Hinsdale native Ricardo Lamas will open the preliminary card against Calvin Kattar on ESPN. The Cubs and White Sox both play.

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BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks have reportedly discussed Ryan Murray trade with Blue Jackets (SCH)

Patrick Kane and, perhaps, the best season in Blackhawks history (SCH)

Blackhawks reportedly ‘leaning toward’ drafting center at No. 3 overall (SCH)

Why Kubalik may be an underrated offseason addition for Blackhawks (The Athletic)

Blackhawks’ 2019 offseason schedule (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

What went wrong with Kyle Turris, and where do the Preds go from here? (On The Forecheck)

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Acciari despondent over non-call in Bruins loss to Blues (Boston Herald)

Blues’ Barbashev suspended 1 game for hit on Bruins’ Johansson (The Score)

Cassidy: Play will define Bruins, not officiating (ESPN)

Clown show continues in Game 5: The NHL gets faster while the referees fall behind (The Athletic)

NHL

Sabres re-sign Jeff Skinner to 8-year, $72M contract (Die By The Blade)

Hitting the ice with Victor Mete as he attempts to weaponize his shot this summer (The Athletic)

Pronman: What to expect by drafting forward Vasili Podkolzin (The Athletic)

HOCKEY WORLD

Where did the ECHL’s Kelly Cup go? It’s a matter of dollars and sense (The Athletic)

Minnesota Duluth, coach Scott Sandelin agree to 4-year extension (Star Tribune)

Davidson’s first Rangers priority is AHL overhaul (New York Post)