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Morning Bag Skate: 12-19-20

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A daily look at hockey news around the world.

Eric Weinrich

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

Former Blackhawks Eric Weinrich turns 54 today.

BLACKHAWKS

Reports: NHL, NHLPA reach tentative agreement on 56-game season starting Jan. 13 (SCH)

Kirby Dach named Canada’s captain for 2021 World Juniors, and some other news (SCH)

Blackhawks remain committed to Native American name, logo despite Cleveland Indians logo change (Sun-Times)

Connor Murphy has become the Blackhawks’ most dependable defenseman (SCH)

What’s it like to be an NHL free agent right now? Slater Koekkoek explains (The Athletic)

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)

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

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

CENTRAL DIVISION

Alexander Steen announces retirement (St. Louis Game Time)

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)

NHL

NHL could play all games in US if all-Canadian division can’t work (Sportsnet)

Henrik Lundqvist will not join Capitals this season (Japers’ Rink)

Panthers agree to one-year deal with Duclair (ESPN)

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)

HOCKEY WORLD

What will the AHL look like next season? (The Athletic)

Top 2021 NHL draft prospect Owen Power stops in Chicago — will he be back? (The Athletic)

WHL postpones start of 2020-21 season (TSN)

Gretzky memorabilia recovered, two arrested (NHL)