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Morning Bag Skate: 8-2-21

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


Marc-Andre Fleury confirms he’ll play for Blackhawks this season (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

So, Blackhawks ... what now? (SCH)

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)


League to investigate claims made by Evander Kane’s wife on Instagram (Fear the Fin)

Canes sign Stepan to one-year deal (Canes Country)

Eichel’s agents say they expected trade by now (NHL)

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)


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)