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Morning Bag Skate: 7-4-19

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

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Zmolek Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

There was no news on the Blackhawks’ front Wednesday.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, C.J. Sapong scored two goals in the Fire’s 5-1 rout of Atlanta United at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. The White Sox swept a doubleheader against the Tigers with a 7-5 win in Dylan Cease debut in the opener then Jose Abreau hit a three-run homer in the 12th inning for a 9-6 victory. The Cubs gave up two runs in the ninth inning for a 6-5 loss to the Pirates.

On Thursday, the Cubs and White Sox both play.

(Photo: Doug Zmolek)

BLACKHAWKS

Exploring new Blackhawks forward Ryan Carpenter’s penalty kill numbers (SCH)

Robin Lehner’s impact on the outlook for Corey Crawford’s 2019-20 season (SCH)

Blackhawks should use tandem system with Corey Crawford, Robin Lehner (SCH)

Andrew Shaw: ‘The Mutt is back baby!’ (SCH)

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

CENTRAL DIVISION

St. Louisan Butler retires from NHL (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Roster reset: Are the Predators a better team with Matt Duchene? (The Athletic)

What the Avalanche could look like when they hit the ice in 2019-20 (The Athletic)

NHL

Blue Jackets veterans Nick Foligno, Cam Atkinson say life goes on despite mass exodus of free agents (The Athletic)

How will Aho deal/offer sheet impact Brayden Point negotiations with Lightning? (The Athletic)

What would have been better Kessel return: Galchenyuk or Zucker? (Pensburgh)

HOCKEY WORLD

CWHL to pay player bonuses thanks in part to donations from Leafs, Flames and Hockey Canada (The Athletic)