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Morning Bag Skate: 10-7-21

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

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)

Once a defenseman, Dmitri Osipov trying to earn NHL contract with Blackhawks (The Athletic)

Blackhawks Bits: Connolly placed on waivers; Kalynuk injured (SCH)

Blackhawks’ opening night roster still unclear entering final week of training camp (Sun-Times)

RECAPS: Blackhawks 6, Red Wings 4 (SCH) (The Athletic) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Jake McCabe has called Chicago home for years and now he’s at home with the Blackhawks, too (The Athletic)

Alex DeBrincat learning to hold on to the puck for an “extra second” (Sun-Times)

Not-so-dazzling debuts, “killer” mentalities, roster battles and a secret broken leg: 10 Blackhawks observations (The Athletic)

After struggling as a rookie, Ian Mitchell embraces AHL possibility (Sun-Times)

Dylan Strome trying to stay optimistic despite reduced role (Sun-Times)

CENTRAL DIVISION

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)

Wild claim Rem Pitlick off waivers (Hockey Wilderness)

RECAP: Predators 6, Lightning 1 (On the Forecheck)

Sure seems like Matt Boldy is going to make the roster (Hockey Wilderness)

RECAP: Avalanche 6, Wild 4 (Mile High Hockey) (Hockey Wilderness)

How Mats Zuccarello continues to produce well into his 30s (Hockey Wilderness)

Filip Forsberg is entering the most important season of his career (On the Forecheck)

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)

Preseason: Ritchie scores two for Toronto (NHL)

Lehner “encouraged” after NHL, NHLPA talks (NHL) (The Athletic)

Sweden submits three names for Olympics (NHL)

Preseason: Kaprizov scores in debut (NHL)

Matthews aims to start season with Toronto (NHL)

NHL’s top 30 over 30: Counting down the league’s best “old guys” (The Athletic)

“It became borderline dangerous”: Predators’ Mark Borowiecki details his mental health journey (The Athletic)

NHL reaches out to Lehner after social media accusations (TSN) (Sportsnet)

Hughes, Pettersson sign with Canucks (NHL)

Canada submits three names for Olympics (NHL)

Evans gets 3-year extension with Canadiens (NHL)

A viewing guide on how to watch NHL hockey on American television or streaming platforms (The Athletic)

HOCKEY WORLD

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)

Behind the masks: Inside the studios of the artists who give goalies their game faces (The Athletic)