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Morning Bag Skate: 1-3-21

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This is your daily thread to talk about the latest hockey news.

Former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Poapst turns 52 today.


Blackhawks prospect Lukas Reichel moving on after COVID, missing World Juniors (The Athletic)

Andrew Shaw, Zack Smith healthy for training camp (Sun-Times)

The inside story of new Blackhawks president Jaime Faulkner and Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin’s unlikely friendship (Sun-Times)

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)


Panthers release training camp roster (Litter Box Cats)

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)


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)


US beats Slovakia to advance to semifinals (TSN)

Levi picks up shutout, Canada blanks Czechs to advance to semis (TSN)

Russia survives Germany, advances to semis (TSN)

Sweden suffers more heartbreak at World Juniors, falls to Finland in quarters (TSN)


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)