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Morning Bag Skate: 12-17-20

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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

Blackhawks hire Jaime Faulkner as president of business operations, name Stan Bowman president of hockey operations (Sun-Times)

Stan Bowman named GM and president of hockey operations amid front office movement (SCH)

Can Blackhawks’ Stan Bowman really be his own boss? Fair question (The Athletic)

Semester abroad: Checking in on Blackhawks prospects loaned to European teams (SCH)

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

Wild sign goaltender Andrew Hammond (Hockey Wilderness)

How would divisional realignment impact the Avalanche? (Mile High Hockey)

Jordan Binnington’s got a new mask this year (St. Louis Game Time)

Björklöven — Connor Ingram’s Swedish team — suspected of match fixing (On the Forecheck)

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)

NHL

How realistic is the NHL’s January 13 start date? (TSN)

Bettman talks temporary realignment, possible hubs for upcoming NHL season (Sportsnet)

Flames launch goaltending department, add Labarbera as full-time coach (TSN)

Lindblom cancer-free year after diagnosis (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)

HOCKEY WORLD

WHL postpones start of 2020-21 season (TSN)

Gretzky memorabilia recovered, two arrested (NHL)

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