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Morning Bag Skate: 7-18-20

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A daily thread to talk about the latest hockey news.


Blackhawks haven’t ruled out Crawford despite being ‘unfit to play’ (SCH)

Maatta, Murphy ruled ‘unfit to participate’ for Blackhawks (SCH)

Blackhawks undaunted by home-ice disadvantage at Oilers’ Rogers Place (Chicago Sun-Times)

Shalunov signs 1-year contract with CSKA Moscow (SCH)

SB Nation Reacts: Blackhawks fans more confident in team direction before Qualifiers (SCH)


Jets’ Hellebuyck among Vezina finalists (Sportsnet)

New cap recapture rule gives Predators some Weber relief (The Athletic)

Could Gurianov, Hintz find more minutes alongside Seguin in Stars’ lineup? (Dallas Morning News)

Camp Observations: Perry and Benn meshing well; defense still defines Stars (The Athletic)

Someone must be the Avalanche’s 12th forward: Could it be Jost or Nieto? (The Athletic)

As retirement looms, Koivu prepares for Wild postseason (Star Tribune)

Five Wild players who could benefit from 5-month break (The Athletic)


Jones ‘healthy and ready’ for Oilers after positive COVID-19 test (NHL)

Pastrnak ruled ‘unfit to participate’ with Bruins (NHL)

Fleury joins Golden Knights on ice for first time at camp (NHL)

Kakko comfortable playing with diabetes in Cup Qualifiers for Rangers (NHL)

Lightning sign Day to 1-year, 2-way contract (Raw Charge)

Why is it so hard for defensemen to win Lady Byng? (The Hockey News)

Winners, losers of NHL’s new CBA (ESPN)

Stories behind Tom Fitzgerald’s path to becoming Devils’ GM (The Athletic)

The Next Ones: Can Bear be the next Gardiner? (The Athletic)


Cards stacked against NWHL, PWHPA for 2020-21 season (The Ice Garden)