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Morning Bag Skate: 8-1-20

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A daily look at hockey news around the world.

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A daily thread to talk about the latest hockey news.

BLACKHAWKS

Storystream: Blackhawks vs. Oilers series preview analysis (SCH)

Podcast: Blackhawks vs. Oilers series preview (SCH)

Report: Danny Wirtz confirms GM Bowman has ‘multi-year contract’ (SCH)

‘Plotting a new course’: Danny Wirtz discusses vision for future (The Athletic)

Danny Wirtz outlines Blackhawks’ vision for future: ‘Reimagine the potential of hockey’ (Chicago Sun-Times)

CENTRAL DIVISION

‘Is that a typo?’: MacEachern will relish an unexpected chance to play for Blues (The Athletic)

Brouwer ready for one last run at Stanley Cup with Blues (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NHL

‘March Madness, but for hockey’: Lapsed fan’s guide to playoffs (ESPN)

Hockey Diversity Alliance, NHL struggling to find common ground (TSN)

Start your engines, it could be Draisaitl vs. Toews matchup for Oilers (Edmonton Journal)

Hamilton out for Hurricanes in Game 1 vs. Rangers (NHL)

Ovechkin, Capitals won’t discuss contract extension until after playoffs (NHL)

Longest intermission: Inside NHL’s 5-month journey from pause to playoffs (The Athletic)

LeBrun: Q&A with Bill Daly on NHL’s return to play, new CBA, 2020-21 season (The Athletic)

How Sabres use analytics: Q&A with Jason Nightingale, assistant director of scouting (The Buffalo News)

HOCKEY WORLD

Hurricanes prospect Drury leaves Harvard, signs with Sweden’s Vaxjo (SBN College Hockey)

Barron leaves Cornell after junior season to sign with Rangers (Blueshirt Banter)