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Morning Bag Skate: 7-27-19

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Pittsburgh Penguins v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images

The second day of the Blackhawks Convention begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Hilton Chicago.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Sky’s Allie Quigley fell short of a three-peat in the WNBA 3-point contest, but Diamond DeShields won the Skills Challenge. After acquiring left-handed reliever Derek Holland from the Giants, the Cubs blew a 2-0 lead in a 3-2 loss to the Brewers. The White Sox allowed five runs in the second in a 6-2 home loss to the Twins.

On Saturday, the Fire host DC United. The Cubs continue their series against the Brewers. The White Sox host the Twins again. The WNBA All-Star Game (2 p.m. ABC) will have three Sky players as reserves with Courtney Vandersloot on Team Delle Donne, while DeShields and Quigley are on Team Wilson.

BLACKHAWKS

Watch: Kris Versteeg performs 2010 Stanley Cup rally rap at Blackhawks Convention (SCH)

Jonathan Toews not happy about Blues winning Stanley Cup (SCH)

Corey Crawford-Robin Lehner gives Blackhawks elite goaltending duo, but Collin Delia isn’t discouraged (Chicago Sun-Times)

Blackhawks Convention: How to watch on TV, live stream (SCH)

Four Blackhawks prospects to play in World Junior Summer Showcase (SCH)

Former Blackhawks prospect Blake Hillman signs 1-year deal with Red Wings’ ECHL affiliate (Toledo Blade)

Friday Show Podcast: Charlie Roumeliotis (SCH)

Blackhawks release jersey numbers for 10 players (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Nazem Kadri switching from No. 43 to No. 91 for Avalanche (Mile High Hockey)

Stars’ offseason homework: How each player can improve this summer (The Athletic)

Q&A: Neal Pionk on long road to NHL, unique development path and opportunity in Winnipeg (The Athletic)

NHL

Rangers, Pavel Buchnevich avoid arbitration with 2-year, $3.25M deal (Blueshirt Banter)

Capitals re-sign Chandler Stephenson to 1-year, $1.05M contract to avoid arbitration (The Score)

Inside the secret lives of the NHL Insiders and how they unwind for the summer (The Athletic)

Deryk Engelland’s role for Golden Knights could be increased this season, not reduced (The Athletic)

Elmhurst native Garret Sparks longs for clean slate with Golden Knights (NHL)

Chicago Steel alum Jaccob Slavin is just one man but for some, he’s ‘the best one’ they know (The Athletic)

HOCKEY WORLD

Riveters, Whale to host openers during World Girls’ Hockey Weekend (The Ice Garden)

Kunlun Red Stars Vanke Rays join Russian league (The Ice Garden)