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Morning Bag Skate: 7-9-19

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

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Chicago Black Hawks v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images

The Blackhawks signed 2019 first-rounder Kirby Dach to a three-year entry-level contract. Former Chicago prospect Jake Massie signed a two-year deal with the Panthers.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Bulls signed 2019 second-rounder Daniel Gafford.

On Tuesday, the Cubs’ Willson Contreras and Javier Baez will start for the National League in the MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland. The American League has White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito. The NL also has Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant as a reserve player, while the White Sox’s Jose Abreu and James McCann are AL reserves.

(Photo: Steve Dubinsky)

BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks sign 2019 first-round pick Kirby Dach to 3-year ELC (SCH)

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

CENTRAL DIVISION

Avalanche avoid arbitration with Ryan Graves, sign 1-year deal (Mile High Hockey)

What insight the current landscape gives into Mikko Rantanen’s next contract (The Athletic)

Despite enormous expectations, Eeli Tolvanen hasn’t stuck in the NHL and he’s aiming to end that (The Athletic)

Fighting for a spot on the Wild, Nico Sturm is ready for the hard work ahead (The Athletic)

NHL

What are the chances a free agent is worth his new contract? (The Athletic)

Sharks re-sign Kevin Labanc to 1-year deal (Fear The Fin)

HOCKEY WORLD

Connecticut Whale to call Danbury Arena home for 2019-20 season (The Ice Garden)