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Morning Bag Skate: 6-9-19

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

Stanley Cup Finals - Chicago Blackhawks v Philadelphia Flyers - Game Six Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

No news is good news for the Blackhawks.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, Lucas Giolito racked up a career-high 11 strikeouts in the White Sox’s 2-0 win over the Royals. The Cubs rallied past the Cardinals 9-4.

On Sunday, Red Stars striker Sam Kerr and Australia open Group C play at the World Cup against Italy. The Sky host the Seattle Storm. The Cubs and White Sox both play.

BLACKHAWKS

‘We certainly need to take a step forward’: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on NHL draft, free agency, pressure to return to playoffs (Chicago Tribune)

Blackhawks have reportedly discussed Ryan Murray trade with Blue Jackets (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

Bruins’ Backes deals with jumble of emotions heading into Game 6 (Boston Herald)

Blues’ Thomas to be game-time decision (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

How the Blues’ Stanley Cup run has revitalized St. Louis (ESPN)

NHL

Coyotes to target Duchene in free agency (The Score)

Kings considering buyout in case Phaneuf can’t be traded (The Score)

Ducks exploring trade market for Perry (The Athletic)

HOCKEY WORLD

Checkers top Wolves in Game 5 to win AHL’s Calder Cup (Canes Country)

Projected 1st-round pick Peyton Krebs suffers torn Achilles (The Score)

Saint John selects forward Joshua Roy first overall in QMJHL Draft (Sportsnet)

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