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Morning Bag Skate: 8-20-21

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

Jones-ing for a No. 1 defenseman: A Q&A with The Cannon on Seth Jones (SCH)

Musings on Madison, Episode 61 - Top 25 Under 25 Preview (SCH)

Blackhawks sign MacKenzie Entwistle to 2-year contract extension (SCH)

Remembering Blackhawks legend Tony Esposito: “Tony was a great goalie and a great human” (The Athletic)

Blackhawks re-sign Alex Nylander (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (On Tap Sports Net)

Blackhawks survey 3.0: Fans weigh in on Seth Jones, Stan Bowman, the state of the rebuild and much more (The Athletic)

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)

NHL

Red Wings to buy out veteran Frans Nielsen (Winging it in Motown)

“Point of no return”: Glendale to boot Coyotes from Gila River Arena after 2021-22 season (The Athletic)

NHL will let teams place sponsor advertisements on jerseys (Sun-Times) (Sportsnet)

Predators want Ekholm, Forsberg long-term (NHL)

Wild GM Bill Guerin unfazed by threat of Kirill Kaprizov returning to KHL (Sportsnet)

Predators, Saros agree to 4-year extension (On the Forecheck)

Wild sign Fiala to 1-year deal, avoid arbitration (Hockey Wilderness)

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)

HOCKEY WORLD

What to watch for at 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship (Sportsnet)

Here’s a link to all of The Ice Garden’s content for the 2021 Women’s Worlds, including previews for every team in the tournament

The U.S. at the World Championship (The Athletic)

Canada at the World Championship (The Athletic)

Owen Power going back to Michigan next season (TSN)

NHL top 50 prospects, 2021 edition (The Athletic)

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)