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Morning Bag Skate: 7-26-21

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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 NHL Draft Stream: Player profiles, analysis, rankings and more (SCH)

Report: Former Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson is retiring from the NHL (SCH)

What are the Blackhawks getting in No. 32 pick Nolan Allan? (SCH)

What can the Blackhawks expect from No. 62 pick Colton Dach? (SCH)

Blackhawks’ 2021 NHL Draft picks: Grades, fit and full scouting reports (The Athletic)

Blackhawks trade for Seth Jones and sign him to 8-year, $76 million extension (SCH)

The Seth Jones deal is worse than expected (SCH)

Blackhawks announce 2021-22 regular-season schedule (SCH) (On Tap Sports Net)

Kraken select Blackhawks forward John Quenneville in expansion draft (SCH) (The Athletic) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Ten key questions facing the Blackhawks as the legal process plays out (The Athletic)

Content warning: links referenced below contain graphic descriptions of sexual assault allegations which may be disturbing to some readers.

Additional details emerge in amended lawsuits filed against Blackhawks (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (The Athletic)

NHL

Capitals expect Ovechkin signing this week (NHL)

Hyman won’t be returning to Maple Leafs (NHL)

Canucks to buy out Virtanen’s contract (NHL)

Avalanche sign Cale Makar to nice extension (Mile High Hockey)

Shea Weber out next season, career in doubt (NHL)

Flyers trade Gostisbehere, draft picks to Arizona (Broad Street Hockey)

Karken Expansion Draft pick-by-pick (NHL)

Yannick Weber retires from NHL (NHL)

Predators prospect Luke Prokop comes out as gay (Outsports)

HOCKEY WORLD

Report: NHL schedule to pause in February for Winter Olympics, but participation not yet certain (Sun-Times)

Why the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks changed their logo (The Athletic)

How Brent Sopel is opening doors for fellow former hockey players (ESPN)

How much is your NHL fan base allowed to complain? (Pension Plan Puppets)