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Morning Bag Skate: 12-29-20

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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

Kirby Dach to miss 4-5 months following wrist surgery (SCH)

What the Blackhawks’ forward lineup could look like without Dach and Nylander (SCH)

How the Blackhawks, Carl Soderberg came together late: Powers Points (The Athletic)

Blackhawks sign center Carl Soderberg to one-year, $1 million deal (SCH)

Kirby Dach sustains fracture during World Juniors pre-tournament game (SCH)

Lazerus: Kirby Dach’s injury a disaster, but World Juniors was worth the risk (The Athletic)

Kirby Dach’s fractured wrist is another blow to Blackhawks’ forward lineup, youth movement (Sun-Times)

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

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

Blackhawks’ new assistant GMs — Ryan Stewart, Mark Eaton, Kyle Davidson — bringing fresh voices to big roles (Sun-Times)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Hurricanes sign Jarvis to entry-level contract (Canes Country)

Lightning trade Cobrun and Paquette to Senators (Raw Charge)

Anthony Cirelli re-signed to a 3-year, $4.8 million AAV contract (Raw Charge)

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)

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

NHL

Lundqvist scheduled for open-heart surgery (NHL)

Canadiens sign Corey Perry to one-year deal (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

Blues sign Mike Hoffman to a professional tryout (St. Louis Game Time)

Oilers sign Koekkoek to one-year deal (TSN)

NHL believes it has approval to move forward in Canadian cities (TSN)

10 bold NHL predictions for 2021 (Sportsnet)

Medical protocols for 2021 season (NHL)

WORLD JUNIORS

Gunler scores twice as Sweden blanks Austria (TSN)

Czech Republic stuns rival Russians with upset (Sportsnet)

Canada grinds out a win over Slovakia in first test at World Juniors (Sportsnet)

US dominates Austria to earn first win at World Juniors (Sportsnet)

HOCKEY WORLD

NWHL will have all-female officiating crews in Lake Placid (The Ice Garden)

Kovalchuk joins KHL’s Avangard Omsk (TSN)

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