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Morning Bag Skate: 12-15-21

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

BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks hoping to finally progress past “one-and-done” offense (Sun-Times)

Five things we learned at Blackhawks practice (Tribune)

Powers Points: Kyle Beach’s mediation with the Blackhawks, Lukas Reichel and the world juniors (The Athletic)

Blackhawks Bits: Reese Johnson to IR; Connolly, Entwistle recalled (SCH)

Brett Connolly ready to seize long-awaited opportunity with Blackhawks (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks game postponed by Flames’ COVID outbreak (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

RECAPS: Maple Leafs 5, Blackhawks 4 (SCH) (Pension Plan Puppets) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (The Athletic)

Derek King should take his lumps like any other coach, but he doesn’t deserve Mike Milbury’s cheap shots (Tribune)

Riley Stillman quietly establishing career stability, third-pair reliability with Blackhawks (Sun-Times)

Philipp Kurashev hoping for December turnaround (Sun-Times)

RECAPS: Blackhawks 2, Canadiens 0 (SCH) (Habs Eyes on the Prize) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (The Athletic)

Blackhawks acquire Kurtis Gabriel from Maple Leafs for Chad Krys (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Musings on Madison, Episode 72: Can the Blackhawks sustain success with their current strategy? (SCH)

Blackhawks scratch Dylan Strome again, citing missing “trust factor” (Sun-Times)

Lazerus: The Blackhawks are holding Dylan Strome to a different standard (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

RECAP: Sabres 4, Jets 2 (NHL)

RECAP: Blues 4, Stars 1 (Defending Big D)

RECAP: Avalanche 4, Rangers 2 (Mile High Hockey)

Hurricanes-Wild postponed due to COVID-19 (NHL)

Khudobin placed on waivers by Stars (NHL)

Wheeler out weeks for Jets with knee injury (NHL)

Blues place Perron on retroactive LTIR, among other roster moves (St. Louis Game Time)

Coyotes not a threat to relocate, Bettman says (ESPN)

Lazerus: Welcome to the NHL, where dinosaurs still roam the earth (The Athletic)

Blues to use fourth-string goalie on Thursday (NHL)

Jets’ Pionk suspended 2 games for kneeing (NHL)

Often-overlooked Wild make a statement to the hockey world: They’re for real (The Athletic)

Neal and Kostin’s assignments to IR a test of the Blues’ depth (St. Louis Game Time)

Wild to retire Mikko Koivu’s jersey (Hockey Wilderness)

Wild players looking forward to behind-the-scenes Winter Classic coverage (Hockey Wilderness)

NHL

RECAP: Golden Knights 4, Bruins 1 (NHL)

RECAP: Lightning 3, Kings 2 (NHL)

RECAP: Senators 8, Panthers 2 (NHL)

RECAP: Flyers 6, Devils 1 (NHL)

RECAP: Penguins 5, Canadiens 2 (NHL)

RECAP: Red Wings 2, Islanders 1 (NHL)

RECAP: Maple Leafs 5, Oilers 1 (NHL)

RECAP: Canucks 4, Blue Jackets 3 (NHL)

RECAP: Kraken 3, Sharks 1 (NHL)

Fabbri signs 3-year contract with Red Wings (NHL)

Edler placed on injured reserve by Kings (NHL)

NHLPA raises Olympic COVID concerns: report (NHL)

Canucks hire Rutherford to oversee “new vision” (ESPN)

Coyotes pay taxes, won’t be iced out of arena (ESPN)

Spezza appeals six-game suspension (NHL)

Guentzel week-to-week for Penguins (NHL)

Spezza suspended six games for kneeing (Pension Plan Puppets)

Flyers fire Alain Vigneault, name Mike Yeo interim coach (Broad Street Hockey)

Dog takes dump at center ice, creates metaphor for Flyers season (Broad Street Hockey)

HOCKEY WORLD

McDavid: Olympics’ COVID protocols “unsettling” (ESPN)

Canada announces roster for World Juniors (NHL)

Women’s hockey is finally coming to EA Sports’ NHL franchise (The Ice Garden)

China in for Olympic hockey despite concerns (ESPN)

What will the moment be like for McDavid to be on the same team as Crosby? (TSN)

Canada closing its border to unvaccinated professional, amateur athletes on Jan. 15 (TSN)