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Morning Bag Skate: 8-12-21

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


Meet the new Blackhawks: Tyler Johnson (SCH)

Legendary Blackhawks goaltender Tony Esposito dies at 78 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (The Athletic) (NHL)

Blackhawks sign Mike Hardman to 2-year contract extension (SCH)

Meet the new Blackhawks: Jake McCabe (SCH)

Blackhawks radio analyst Troy Murray reveals cancer diagnosis (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (On Tap Sports Net)

Stronger, faster and (mostly) vegan, Blackhawks’ Adam Gaudette has “changed who I am as a player” (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks sign Brandon Hagel to a 3-year, $4.5 million contract (SCH) (On Tap Sports Net) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Lawyer asks US Center for SafeSport to investigate Blackhawks GM (TSN)

Meet the new Blackhawks: Forward Jujhar Khaira (SCH)

Musings on Madison, Episode 60 - Deep dives on the newest Blackhawks (SCH)

Blackhawks takeaways: From Marc-Andre Fleury to Dylan Strome to Brandon Hagel, where does everybody stand? (The Athletic)

After processing shocking trade, Fleury “now excited” to join Blackhawks (Sun-Times)

Meet the new Blackhawks: Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (SCH)

Blackhawks expect new signing Jujhar Khaira to provide needed physicality (Sun-Times)

Report: Blackhawks will release findings from internal investigation to the public (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Stan Bowman envisions reconstructed Blackhawks “pushing for playoffs” next season (Sun-Times)


Jets to require vaccination of all fans at games (TSN)

Jets extend Neal Pionk for 4 years at $5.875 million AAV (Arctic Ice Hockey)

Reinhart signs 3-year deal with Panthers (NHL)

Red Wings sign Jakub Vrana to 3-year extension, $5.25 million AAV (Winging it in Motown)

Flyers re-sign Carter Hart to 3-year contract (Broad Street Hockey)

Report: Ross Colton, Lightning settle on two-year contract before arbitration (Raw Charge)

Igor Shesterkin re-signs with the Rangers (Blueshirt Banter)

Capitals sign RFA Ilya Samsonov to 1-year, $2 million contract (Japers’ Rink)

Pelech gets 8-year contract from Islanders (NHL)

Bergeron, Bruins discussing extension (NHL)

Oilers sign forward Brendan Perlini (Copper and Blue)

Darnell Nurse signs 8-year extension (Copper and Blue)

Johansson agrees to 1-year deal with Kraken (NHL)

NHL offseason by the numbers: Which teams have improved the most (and least)? (The Athletic)

Tatar signs two-year contract with Devils (NHL)

Fabbro signs with Predators, avoids hearing (NHL)

Aston-Reese signs with Penguins, avoids hearing (NHL)


NWHL releases 2021-22 regular season schedule (The Ice Garden)

Traded for Marc-Andre Fleury and unwanted by the Golden Knights, Mikael Hakkarainen is in a strange situation (The Athletic)

“In-game betting but on steroids”: Sinclair’s sports broadcast of the future (The Athletic)

How bad teammates can disrupt dressing rooms, team chemistry (Sportsnet)

Sources: NHL, IOC unable to agree on rights deal (ESPN)

World Junior showcase: Jake Sanderson looks NHL ready, Aatu Raty gets buzz; plus USA’s projected roster (The Athletic)