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Morning Bag Skate: 12-30-20

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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.

Former Blackhawks defenseman Rob Scuderi turns 42 today.

BLACKHAWKS

Jonathan Toews “out indefinitely” due to illness, will miss start of season (SCH)

The Blackhawks were already short on time and Dach’s injury doesn’t help (SCH)

Lazerus: For the Blackhawks, it’s not tanking when you’re just not very good (The Athletic)

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)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Hurricanes players with the most to prove in 2021 (Canes Country)

What the Lightning roster will look like in 2021 (Raw Charge)

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)

NHL

Laine set for “one of best years” for Jets (NHL)

Jets F Roslovic asks for a trade (TSN)

Athanasiou gets one year, $1.2 million from Kings (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

WJC roundup: US, Canada, Russia advance (NHL)

Byfield breaks out with six points as Canada blanks Switzerland (TSN)

Gunler scores twice as Sweden blanks Austria (TSN)

Czech Republic stuns rival Russians with upset (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)