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Morning Bag Skate: 10-13-21

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.

BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks 2021-22 season preview: Top-six forwards (SCH)

Blackhawks 2021-22 season preview: Bottom-six forwards (SCH)

Blackhawks motion to consolidate both Bradley Aldrich-related lawsuits into one (Sun-Times)

On eve of opener, remade Blackhawks epitomize uncertainty of NHL season (Sun-Times)

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)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Nathan MacKinnon out for opening night (Mile High Hockey)

Breaking down the Predators’ opening night roster (On the Forecheck)

The Coyotes’ opening night roster (Five for Howling)

Wild announce opening night roster (Hockey Wilderness)

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)

NHL

RECAP: Penguins 6, Lightning 2 (NHL)

RECAP: Golden Knights 4, Kraken 3 (NHL)

Bettman: All but 4 NHL players vaccinated (NHL)

Down Goes Brown: Oddly specific predictions for every NHL team for the 2021-22 season (The Athletic)

Canadiens sign Nick Suzuki to 8-year contract extension (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

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)

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)