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Morning Bag Skate: 12-9-20

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

2020 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Boqvist at No. 3 (SCH)

Blackhawks 2020 first-round pick Lukas Reichel tests positive for coronavirus (SCH)

2020 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Strome at No. 4 (SCH)

Seattle Kraken expansion mock draft 5.0: Who could the Blackhawks lose? (The Athletic)

Report: Blackhawks prospects Vlasic, Commesso will not attend Team USA training camp (SCH)

2020 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Mitchell at No. 5 (SCH)

With Erik Condra hiring, Blackhawks’ loaded player-development staff adds another retired NHL regular (Sun-Times)

Explaining the ongoing talks between the NHL and NHLPA (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Looking forward: Alex Newhook’s quest to become a top-six center for the Avalanche (Mile High Hockey)

2019-20 Predators player report cards: Colton Sissons (On the Forecheck)

Can the Jets win with their defense? (Arctic Ice Hockey)

Zuccarello undergoes arm surgery, will miss start of 2021 season (Hockey Wilderness)

Blues could hire Jay Bouwmeester to scouting department (NHL)

Why the Wild are alright with that (The Athletic)

31 in 31: Nashville Predators (NHL)

NHL

Financial hurdles cleared, NHL aims for Jan. 13 start (The Athletic)

Canada division probable, Bettman says (NHL)

Myers signs three-year contract with Flyers (NHL)

Luongo to lead Panthers goalie department (NHL)

Lawsuit against Penguins and former coach mentions Wild GM Bill Guerin (The Athletic)

NHL, NHLPA no longer negotiating CBA financials, targeting Jan. 13 start with 56-game schedule (TSN)

Detroit’s Lucas Raymond one of six first-round picks selected to Team Sweden (NHL)

HOCKEY WORLD

How the QMJHL pulled off a bubble tournament (SI)

Seattle’s “lone hockey bar” fighting to make it to first Kraken season (ESPN+)

Two North Dakota hockey players kneel for anthem (ESPN)

Affidavits outline alleged abuse, harassment and hazing in junior hockey (TSN)
(A word of caution: the allegations in that article contain some very graphic descriptions of appalling behavior that may be upsetting to readers)