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Morning Bag Skate: 7-31-19

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

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2017 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Chris Kunitz retired from the NHL and joined the Blackhawks coaching staff as a player development adviser Tuesday. Kirby Dach scored two goals and an assist in Canada’s 4-1 win over the United States at the World Junior Summer Showcase.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Sky fell 110-94 to the Connecticut Sun. Yu Darvish gave up a homer to Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth in the Cubs’ 2-1 loss to the Cardinals. The White Sox tossed up back-to-back homers in the 11th inning against the Mets in a 5-2 loss.

On Wednesday, the Fire’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and the MLS all-stars will play Atlético Madrid at Exploria Stadium in Orlando. The Cubs and White Sox both play.

BLACKHAWKS

Chris Kunitz retires, joins Blackhawks coaching staff (SCH)

On The Clock, Ep. 4: Kirby Dach is selected No. 3 overall (SCH)

World Junior Summer Showcase: Alex Vlasic cut from Team USA’s roster (SCH)

Top 25 Under 25: Community vote (SCH)

Top 25 Under 25: Eligible players (SCH)

Top 25 Under 25: Graduates, departed (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Paul Fenton out as Wild GM after one rocky season (The Athletic)

5 moves that will define Paul Fenton’s tenure as Wild GM (Sportsnet)

Souhan: Leipold shares blame in this Wild debacle (Star Tribune)

Why Paul Fenton was fired and where the Wild could turn for their next GM (The Athletic)

Who might be next Wild GM (Star Tribune)

A peek at the Stars’ organizational depth chart and what to expect this season (The Athletic)

NHL

Chris Kunitz almost didn’t come to Pittsburgh: ‘Thank goodness he did’ (The Athletic)

Lightning trade Ryan Callahan to Senators for goalie Mike Condon (Raw Charge)

Why trading Nikita Gusev to Devils was Golden Knights’ best option (The Athletic)

Starters and spot-seekers: A complete guide to the Arizona Coyotes goaltending pipeline (The Athletic)

HOCKEY WORLD

Luke Hughes following brothers Jack and Quinn on path to NHL (Sportsnet)