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Morning Bag Skate: 1-5-21

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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 forward Kyle Calder turns 41 today.

BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks release start times for 2021 season schedule (SCH)

Rockford IceHogs among 28 teams to play in AHL’s 2021 season (SCH)

Blackhawks release training camp roster; Seabrook, Barratt, Suter “unfit to participate” (SCH)

Patrick Kane focused on improving, even as Blackhawks rebuild around him (Sun-Times)

Captain Not-So-Serious? With Jonathan Toews out, Patrick Kane will have to pick up the slack for the rebuilding Blackhawks (Tribune)

Blackhawks’ notable absences, defensive pairings and more: 15 observations (The Athletic)

Lazerus: Defiance or delusion? Blackhawks out to prove the haters wrong (The Athletic)

Toews’ absence felt by Blackhawks on Day 1 of training camp (NBC Sports Chicago)

Blackhawks sign Dylan Strome to two-year, $6 million contract extension (SCH)

Dominik Kubalik eager to prove his rookie brilliance was no fluke (The Athletic)

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

CENTRAL DIVISION

Getting to know the new Central: Detroit Red Wings (Winging it in Motown)

Confirmed: Milwaukee opts out of 2021 AHL season (On the Forecheck)

Hurricanes dive in to confront unique challenges of short training camp (Canes Country)

Red Wings announce helmet sponsorship deal with UWM (Winging it in Motown)

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)

NHL

Game-changer Laine focuses on new season with Jets (TSN)

Thornton already feeling “at home” with Maple Leafs (TSN)

McDavid excited about Oilers’ additions (NHL)

Barzal misses start of Islanders camp (NHL)

Penguins extend John Marino to six-year deal, $4.4 million AAV (Pensburgh)

Wild announce Jared Spurgeon as captain (Hockey Wilderness)

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

WORLD JUNIORS

Levi blanks Russia as Canada advances to second straight World Junior final (TSN)

United States advance to World Junior final after edging Finland (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)