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Morning Bag Skate: 7-30-21

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Musings on Madison, Episode 59 - Recapping a wild week from the Blackhawks’ 2021 offseason (SCH)

Blackhawks’ offseason reset: Remaining to-do list depends on Marc-Andre Fleury’s decision (Sun-Times)

Boynton: Investigators probing alleged abuse of former Blackhawks players ask, “Who knew?” (TSN) (Content warning: This link includes content which may be disturbing to some readers)

Blackhawks depth chart 2.0 (and 2.1): What the revamped roster looks like, with and without Marc-Andre Fleury (The Athletic)

Free agency day recap (The Athletic) (Sun-Times):

  • Nikita Zadorov trade (SCH)
  • Jujhar Khaira signing (SCH)
  • Jake McCabe signing (SCH)
  • Kampf, Hinostroza, Suter sign elsewhere (SCH)

Blackhawks acquire goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (SCH) (The Athletic) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Blackhawks acquire Tyler Johnson, second-round pick from Lightning (SCH) (The Athletic) (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks Bits: Gaudette signs one-year deal; Suter not given qualifying offer (SCH) (Sun-Times) (On Tap Sports Net)

What the Blackhawks’ decisions on qualifying offers mean for Pius Suter, Nikita Zadorov and more (The Athletic)

Blackhawks depth chart and lineup projections: How the revamped roster shapes up (The Athletic)

Blackhawks 2021 NHL Draft Stream: Player profiles, analysis, rankings and more (SCH)

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


Saad signs with Blues (St. Louis Game Time) ... sucks, doesn’t it?

Rangers acquire Ryan Reaves from Golden Knights (Blueshirt Banter)

Blue Jackets sign Zach Werenski to massive contract extension (The Cannon)

Sabres “in control of process” with Reichel (NHL)

NHL free agency blog (NHL) (ESPN) (TSN) (Sportsnet)

Avalanche find their new goalie in trade for Darcy Kuemper (Mile High Hockey)

Jets trade for Nate Schmidt (Arctic Ice Hockey)

Landeskog re-signs with Avalanche on an eight-year deal (Mile High Hockey)

Canadiens sign Joel Armia to four-year contract extension (Habs Eyes on the Prize)

Capitals re-sign Alex Ovechkin (Japers’ Rink)

Jets trade for Brendan Dillon (Arctic Ice Hockey)

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)


NWHL announces dates for opening weekend (The Ice Garden)

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)