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Morning Bag Skate: 1-2-21

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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 goaltender Brian Boucher turns 43 today.

BLACKHAWKS

Where Blackhawks’ contract negotiations stand with Dylan Strome (The Athletic)

AHL approves “structural framework” for 2021 season beginning Feb. 5 (SCH)

Bowman: Andrew Shaw ready to go for 2021 NHL season (NBC Sports Chicago)

Play the prospects: 10 ways the Blackhawks can make the most of this season (The Athletic)

Chicago Blackhawks season preview (The Athletic)

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)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Never any doubt: Pierre-Luc Dubois signs two-year contract (The Cannon)

Breaking down the Blue Jackets 2021 schedule (The Cannon)

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

Sabres’ Eichel day-to-day with upper-body injury (Sportsnet)

Sharks at camp in Arizona, minutes Thornton (NHL)

Rangers’ star-to-be Alexis Lafreniere readies for NHL spotlight (The Athletic)

All the details of the NHL’s outdoor games at Lake Tahoe (The Athletic)

Capitals sign Zdeno Chara (Japers’ Rink)

Former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan calls it a career (Blueshirt Banter)

Hischier out for start of camp with Devils (NHL)

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

Jets F Roslovic asks for a trade (TSN)

WORLD JUNIORS

Panthers at the WJC: Spencer Knight blanks Sweden as USA takes first in Pool B (Litter Box Cats)

US to play Slovakia in WJC quarterfinals (NHL)

Newhook “probably 50-50” to play vs. Czechs (TSN)

Czech Republic defenseman (and Blackhawks prospect) Michael Krutil banned one game (TSN)

HOCKEY WORLD

Why the NWHL and PWHPA getting serious about analytics is important (The Ice Garden)

NBCSN to broadcast NWHL playoff semifinal games, Isobel Cup final from Lake Placid (The Ice Garden)

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)