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Morning Bag Skate: 10-12-21

A daily look at hockey news around the world.

Carolina Hurricanes v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images

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

BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks Bits: Gustafsson officially signs; Delia, Subban clear waivers and head to AHL (SCH)

Blackhawks 2021-22 season preview: Defensemen (SCH)

Breaking down the Blackhawks’ opening night roster which, yes, includes Erik Gustafsson (The Athletic) (Sun-Times)

Reports: Blackhawks to sign Erik Gustafsson (SCH)

Who’s this Marc-Andre Fleury fella? (SCH)

Blackhawks 2021-22 season preview: Goaltending (SCH)

Blackhawks hoping penalty-killing struggles won’t last beyond preseason (Sun-Times)

Why the Blackhawks don’t have to risk putting Alex Nylanders on waivers (The Athletic)

RECAP: Blackhawks 5, Wild 1 (SCH) (The Athletic) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (Hockey Wilderness)

RECAP: Wild 3, Blackhawks 2 (SCH) (The Athletic) (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks have some salary questions to answer before being cap compliant (The Athletic) (Tribune)

Seth Jones honored by US Olympic team selection alongside Patrick Kane (Sun-Times)

2020 first-round pick Lukas Reichel among 9 players assigned to IceHogs (SCH)

Blackhawks Bits: Kalynuk out 2-4 weeks; Caleb Jones out with wrist soreness (SCH)

SCH Podcast: Musings on Madison, Episode 63 - Blackhawks Preseason Progress (SCH)

Blackhawks out “to prove people wrong,” Kane says (NHL)

Jake McCabe looks like the shutdown defenseman the Blackhawks have long needed (Sun-Times)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Central Division primer: In NHL’s deepest division, playoff dreams abound, but playoff spots do not (The Athletic)

Is this Philip Tomasino’s year? (On the Forecheck)

2021-22 Colorado Avalanche season preview (Mile High Hockey)

Blues opening night roster is set and has some surprises (St. Louis Game Time)

Jack Johnson gets 1-year deal with Colorado (NHL)

Blues sign James Neal to one-year contract (St. Louis Game Time)

The magic and mayhem of a Forsberg-Duchene-Johansen line (On the Forecheck)

Avalanche lose the game, a goalie and make some roster cuts (Mile High Hockey)

RECAP: Stars 3, Blues 1 (Defending Big D)

Coyotes sign ex-Leaf Galchenyuk to one-year deal (Five for Howling)

RECAPS: Wild 3, Avalanche 1 (Mile High Hockey) (Hockey Wilderness)

NHL

Bill Daly Q&A: Seattle’s launch, Pat Brisson’s impact on Jack Eichel, ESPN vs. TNT and talks with Robin Lehner (The Athletic)

Matthews out first three games for Toronto (NHL)

Kraken now with five players in COVID protocol (Davy Jones’ Locker Room)

Giordano named first captain of Kraken (Davy Jones’ Locker Room)

Rangers extend Mika Zibanejad (Blueshirt Banter)

Ovechkin could play in Capitals opener (NHL)

Crosby skates with Penguins for first time (NHL)

Juolevi traded to Panthers by Canucks (NHL)

Carey Price to enter NHL/NHLPA player assistance program (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

Preseason: Quinn Hughes scores in debut (NHL)

Devils-Islanders game canceled by power outage (NHL)

Coleman banned for Flames season opener (NHL)

Preseason: Zibanejad scores twice (NHL)

Tkachuk may not start season with Senators (NHL)

Byfield on IR with broken ankle for Kings (NHL)

McElhinney retires after 13 NHL seasons (NHL)

HOCKEY WORLD

One league, under Barstool: The PHF’s near-miss at partnering with a media menace (The Ice Garden)

In a small Ontario town, the pandemic shutters a junior hockey team and creates an uncertain future (The Athletic)

Understanding the true impact of racism in hockey is the only way we’ll find progress (Sportsnet)

IIHF releases 2022 Olympic schedule (The Ice Garden)