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Morning Bag Skate: 8-16-21

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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

Jake McCabe, Connor Murphy united on Blackhawks after 12 years of friendship (Sun-Times)

Former Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg announces retirement (SCH)

Former Blackhawks coach gives investigators account of player abuse allegations (TSN) (Content warning: This link contains details which may be disturbing to some readers)

As the Blackhawks face allegations and lawsuits, their fans are left to evaluate their loyalty (The Athletic)

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)

NHL

NHLPA “strongly encourages” players to get vaccinated, warns of potential loss of pay (The Athletic)

Thornton says Panthers “great fit” for him (NHL)

Red Wings sign forward Adam Erne to 2-year deal, $2.1 million AAV (Winging it in Motown)

Auston Matthews has successful wrist surgery (Pension Plan Puppets)

Oilers sign Slater Koekkoek for two more years (Copper and Blue)

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)

HOCKEY WORLD

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)