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Morning Bag Skate: 7-5-19

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

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Michal Sykora

There was no news on the Blackhawks’ front Thursday.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, Robel Garcia was a double shy of the cycle in his MLB debut for the Cubs in an 11-5 win over the Pirates. Oddly enough, the White Sox lost 11-5 to the Tigers.

On Friday, both the Cubs and White Sox are off before starting the Crosstown Classic on Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

(Photo: Michal Sykora)


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)


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)


Canadiens sign Ben Chiarot to 3-year, $10.5 million contract (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

Leafs sign Alexander Kerfoot to 4-year, $14 million deal (Pension Plan Puppets)

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


As women’s hockey remains divided at professional level, NHL focuses on grassroots (The Athletic)

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