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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 defenseman Anders Eriksson turns 45 today.

BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks Training Camp Day 4: Zadorov missing, Barratt appears (SCH)

Matthew Highmore, Ryan Carpenter, David Kampf becoming inseparable fourth line (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks’ goalies want to prove doubters wrong: 12 training camp observations (The Athletic)

Calvin de Haan is healthy and hoping to stay that way this season (The Athletic)

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)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Blue Jackets have 19 players miss practice (The Cannon)

Stars cancel practice amid reports of COVID-19 (Defending Big D)

Predators practice report: What we’ve seen so far (On the Forecheck)

Getting to know the new Central: Columbus Blue Jackets (The Cannon)

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)

NHL

Crawford on leave of absence from Devils (NHL)

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)

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)

What storylines to expect in Lake Placid (The Ice Garden)