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Morning Bag Skate: 11-5-21

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

No, the Blackhawks underlying numbers have not been improving (SCH)

Musings on Madison, Episode 68 — More Blackhawks Struggles (SCH)

Jeremy Colliton’s frustration escalating as Blackhawks repeat mistakes (Sun-Times)

Kirby Dach building confidence in his shot but struggling with accuracy (Sun-Times)

2 Blackhawks can’t travel to Canada because of COVID-19 restrictions — so defenseman Nicolas Beaudin gets the call (Tribune)

Lazerus: It’s time for the Blackhawks to free Dylan Strome (The Athletic)

RECAP: Hurricanes 4, Blackhawks 3 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (The Athletic)

The Blackhawks-Red Wings rivalry: A lesson in diverging paths (SCH)

Blackhawks Bits: Khaira, Stillman removed from COVID protocol; Hossa night postponed (SCH)

Blackhawks’ COVID outbreak finally retreating as players, coaches return (Sun-Times)

RECAPS: Blackhawks 5, Senators 1 (SCH) (Silver Sevens) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (The Athletic)

FALLOUT FROM BLACKHAWKS INTERNAL INVESTIGATION (Content warning: details of the articles in this section may include details that could be disturbing to some readers)

Hall of Fame covers Bradley Aldrich’s name on Stanley Cup (Sun-Times)

Kevin Cheveldayoff, Patrick Kane apologize, settlement talks begin as Blackhawks scandal fallout continues (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Gary Bettman, Bill Daly address continued fallout from Blackhawks internal investigation (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Blackhawks, NHL mishandled sexual assault allegations in 2020 and 2021, not just 2010 (Sun-Times)

Kyle Beach to meet with Blackhawks (The Athletic)

Commissioner Bettman talks with Kyle Beach (NHL)

Lazerus: Blackhawks’ unforgivable sin leaves their fans facing a difficult choice (The Athletic)

John McDonough’s silence during Blackhawks scandal fallout shows his cowardice (Sun-Times)

Kyle Beach identifies himself as “John Doe” from Blackhawks internal investigation (SCH) (TSN) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Blackhawks president and GM Stan Bowman “steps aside” after team announces investigation findings (SCH) (The Athletic) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (TSN) (Sportsnet)

CENTRAL DIVISION

RECAP: Stars 4, Flames 3 (Defending Big D)

Defenseman Conor Timmins to miss rest of season with knee injury (Five for Howling)

Kevin Fiala understands he’s off to a slow start (Hockey Wilderness)

Stars recall D Thomas Harley (Defending Big D)

When do we start to worry about Dante Fabbro? (On the Forecheck)

Scheifele returns from COVID protocol (NHL)

NHL

Jack Eichel traded to Vegas (Knights on Ice) (Die by the Blade)

RECAP: Golden Knights 5, Senators 1 (NHL)

RECAP: Maple Leafs 2, Lightning 1 (NHL)

RECAP: Panthers 5, Capitals 4 (NHL)

RECAP: Penguins 3, Flyers 2 (NHL)

RECAP: Bruins 5, Red Wings 1 (NHL)

RECAP: Islanders 6, Canadiens 2 (NHL)

RECAP: Kraken 5, Sabres 2 (NHL)

Crosby tests positive for COVID-19 (Pensburgh)

Drouin back with team after getting hit high by puck (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

Rangers sign star defenseman Adam Fox (Blueshirt Banter)

Canadiens send Cole Caufiled to AHL (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

Cedric Paquette suspended two games (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

HOCKEY WORLD

Bryce Salvador on battling the “toxic environment” of youth hockey, plus the impact of Kyle Beach (The Athletic)

Meet the rookie who “crushed” Wayne Gretzky (though he’d rather be remembered “for something more exciting”) (The Athletic)

How the Hurricanes create a viral moment: Inside the art of throwing “the second punch,” with the NHL’s top trolls (The Athletic)