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

Former Blackhawks defenseman Jon Klemm turns 50 today.


Malcolm Subban going “eyes first” as he battles for Blackhawks’ starting goalie job (Sun-Times)

Andrew Shaw at peace with end of his career, but still fighting to stave it off (The Athletic)

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)


Predators sign Luke Kunin to two-year deal worth $2.3 million AAV (On the Forecheck)

Deep Dive: Whose Stars net is it anyway? (Defending Big D)

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)


From Corey Crawford’s absence to DC riot, Devils reckon with current events (The Athletic)

Bergeron to “be myself” as team captain (NHL)

Dumba doesn’t want Wild to trade him (NHL)

Vatanen signs deal to return to Devils (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)


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

Finland defeats Russia to win WJC bronze (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)