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Morning Bag Skate: 12-15-20

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A daily look at hockey news around the world.

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This is your daily thread to talk about the latest hockey news.

BLACKHAWKS

Where the NHL reportedly stands on starting the 2020-21 NHL season (SCH)

Unheralded center Lucas Wallmark could have big impact on Blackhawks (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks prospects Dach, Slaggert, Teply, Krutil to travel to Edmonton for World Juniors (SCH)

Denis Savard. Steve Larmer. Troy Murray. All three were drafted in 1980 — and kept the Blackhawks interesting on and off the ice (Chicago Tribune)

2020 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Final reactions and full ballot reveal (SCH)

How Brandon Hagel regained his hockey groove in Switzerland (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Former Avalanche president Lacroix dead at 72 (TSN)

Do the Wild have one of the NHL’s best blue lines? (Hockey Wilderness)

No, the Predators don’t need to make “one more move” this offseason (On the Forecheck)

What division will the Blues wind up playing in? (St. Louis Game Time)

Oops, the Wild are back in the West (Hockey Wilderness)

Can the Jets win with their defense? (Arctic Ice Hockey)

NHL

NHL, NHLPA hope to vote this week on season protocols (TSN)

NHL’s top remaining UFAs of 2020 (Sportsnet)

Kings turn page on rebuilding, coach says (NHL)

Oilers’ Nurse embracing challenge of lead role with Klefbom sidelined (Sportsnet)

What the effects of the NHL CBA mean in the long term (Sportsnet)

Five potential moves to watch for before next NHL season (Sportsnet)

HOCKEY WORLD

ECAC releases 2020-21 league season schedule (The Ice Garden)

Wayne Gretzky rookie card sells for $1.29 million (The Athletic)

Wheeler: Final thoughts on Team Canada’s 2021 World Junior selection camp (The Athletic)