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

Former Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel turns 43 today.

BLACKHAWKS

Where the Blackhawks new veteran players could slot into the lineup (SCH)

Training Camp Day 2: Suter returns to practice, Smith clears waivers (SCH)

Pius Suter with golden opportunity: Notes from Blackhawks training camp, Day 2 (The Athletic)

Sources: Norm Maciver leaving Blackhawks front office for Seattle Kraken (The Athletic)

Duncan Keith shouldering mentor role once again in Blackhawks camp flooded with prospects (Sun-Times)

Does Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton have “it” or not? We’d pretend to know, but ... (Sun-Times)

Why Keith is on board with Blackhawks’ youth movement (NBC Sports Chicago)

Why Blackhawks think 6-foot-6 Nikita Zadorov is a great addition (NBC Sports Chicago)

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)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Blue Jackets sign Oliver Bjorkstrand to five-year extension (The Cannon)

Deep Dive: Deliberating Dallas Defensive Decisions Diligently (Defending Big D)

Stars announce broadcast schedule but fans are struggling to find the channel (Defending Big D)

Svechnikov looks to continue growth in year three (Canes Country)

Getting to know the new Central: Florida Panthers (Litter Box Cats)

2021 Blue Jackets Training Camp Battles: Forwards (The Cannon)

Getting to know the new Central: Nashville Predators (On the Forecheck)

Hamilton wants to stay with Hurricanes (NHL)

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

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

NHL

Girgensons out for season for Sabres (NHL)

Rangers won’t name Shesterkin No. 1 goalie (NHL)

Colin Wilson retires after 11 NHL season (NHL)

Muckler, Oilers Cup-winning coach, dies (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)

WORLD JUNIORS

Knight, USA blank Canada to win 2021 World Juniors (TSN)

Finland defeats Russia to win WJC bronze (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)