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Morning Bag Skate: 12-24-20

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A daily look at hockey news around the world.

NHL: DEC 23 Panthers at Blackhawks Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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

BLACKHAWKS

Kirby Dach exits World Juniors pre-tournament game with injury (SCH)

Blackhawks 2021 schedule released: season opens Jan. 13 at Lightning (SCH)

Alex Nylander out 4-6 months after knee surgery (SCH)

Goal scorers, goaltenders: 10 reasons the Blackhawks may be good this season (The Athletic)

Glenn Hall looks back at legendary NHL career (NBC Sports Chicago)

Exploring the rule changes for the 2021 NHL season and how they’ll affect the Blackhawks (SCH)

Introducing the Blackhawks’ new Central Division foes (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Predators sign Erik Haula on another one-year contract (On the Forecheck)

Lightning re-sign defensemen Erik Cernak and Jan Rutta (Raw Charge)

Nikita Kucherov is officially out for the season (Raw Charge)

Mikael Granlund re-signs in Nashville on one-year bargain deal (On the Forecheck)

Yzerman gives updates on season preparation, expectations during media availability (Winging it in Motown)

Panthers re-sign goaltender Sam Montembeault (Litter Box Cats)

Taking a look at potential Hurricanes’ taxi squad members (Canes Country)

Unlike many NHL teams, Stars will open season with fans in stands (Defending Big D)

Predators trade Zach Magwood to Ottawa for Michael Carcone (On the Forecheck)

NHL

Provinces provide road map to potential green light for NHL’s Canadian teams (TSN)

Ducks re-sign goalie Ryan Miller to one-year deal (Sportsnet)

O’Reilly named captain of Blues (NHL)

Sheary signs one-year contract with Capitals (NHL)

Medical protocols for 2021 season (NHL)

Golden Knights’ Engelland retires from NHL (NHL)

Oilers D Klefbom to miss 2021 season (TSN)

Coyotes sign Drake Caggiula (Five For Howling)

How the 2013 Blackhawks could serve as a model for other teams in 2021 (The Athletic)

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

HOCKEY WORLD

“We knew we had to do better”: Sarah Nurse, Barbie and the future of Canadian hockey (The Athletic)

Top five goalies to watch at 2021 WJC (NHL)

What will he 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)