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Morning Bag Skate: 6-28-21

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

If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance you’re a regular here at SCH. And that also means there’s a pretty good chance you’re aware that the team has been named in multiple lawsuits which include sexual assault allegations against former video coach Brad Aldrich.

After much discussion and consideration, we’ve decided to go forward with this plan for the short-term: 1) any articles detailing new developments in this ongoing situation will not have comment sections opened. We’re doing this based on past experiences, when sensitive topics led to a flurry of fly-by commenters who aren’t familiar with the community guidelines, which resulted in things getting out of hand in a hurry. 2) However, we also believe that this community is one where reasonable people can have grown-up conversations about these types of things. With that in mind, we’re going to use these daily MBS posts as the place for those discussions to happen. Again, given the delicate nature of these topics, we’re going to pay special attention to every discussion to ensure our Community Guidelines are followed.

All of these plans are subject to change at the discretion of the SCH staff. But we hope this is a place where people can still gather for productive interactions in spite of the current state of affairs with the Blackhawks. Thanks for visiting the site and please be respectful to each other in the comments below.

BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks organization named in multiple lawsuits detailing sexual assault allegations (SCH) (content warning for those who may be sensitive to the topic of this story and several of the links below)

Former coach confirms Blackhawks management met to discuss alleged abuse (TSN) (content warning)

Former Blackhawks player: “Every guy on the team knew” about video coach’s alleged sexual assault (The Athletic) (Tribune) (Sun-Times) (content warning)

Source: Alleged assaults of Blackhawks players “an open secret” (TSN) (content warning)

The curious case of Nikita Zadorov (SCH)

Blackhawks announce next season will be Pat Foley’s last as play-by-play announcer (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (On Tap Sports Net)

What Brett Connolly can do to become an efficient forward for the Blackhawks (SCH)

Evaluating the rookie seasons for Ian Mitchell and Nicolas Beaudin (SCH)

“What we promise is what they get”: How the Blackhawks became a leader in signing European players (The Athletic)

Blackhawks rumor roundup: Eichel and Strome and Zadorov, oh my! (SCH)

Allegations over Blackhawks’ handling of sex-abuse complaints could forever tarnish the team’s golden age (The Athletic)

Mock 2021 NHL Draft (The Athletic) (TSN) (NHL) (EP Rinkside)

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

Joel Armia absent from practice due to COVID protocols (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

Morning After Thoughts: History is waiting for the Lightning, it’s up for them to embrace it (Raw Charge)

Ducharme hopes to return to Canadiens soon (NHL)

Schedule for Stanley Cup Final (NHL)

We’re on the outside and we’re looking in: A Blackhawks fans guide to the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs (SCH)

NHL

Hakstol hired as coach of expansion Kraken (NHL)

Messier joins ESPN as NHL studio analyst (NHL)

Bergeron wins Messier NHL Leadership Award (NHL)

Sedins named advisers to Canucks GM (NHL)

2020-21 NHLPA Player Poll (NHLPA)

NHL Draft prospects ranking 2021: Corey Pronman’s final top 151 (The Athletic)

HOCKEY WORLD

Chicago Steel sign head coach Brock Sheahan to 3-year contract extension (On Tap Sports Net)

‘Fear is a liar. The world is ready’: LGBTQ+ sports media members on their experiences (The Athletic)

The Chicago Gay Hockey Association: What it does, why it matters and how to get involved (The Athletic)