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Morning Bag Skate: 8-24-21

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Former Blackhawks forward Jimmy Hayes dies at 31 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (Stanley Cup of Chowder) (Litter Box Cats) (On Tap Sports Net) (NHL)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Honorable mentions (SCH)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Graduates, departed players (SCH)

Projecting Blackhawks’ 2021-22 depth chart: How will a crowded field sort out? (SCH)

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)


Canucks confirm support of province’s proof of vaccination program (TSN) (Sportsnet)

Rod Gilbert passes away at 80 (Blueshirt Banter)

Merzlikins son’s name honors Kivlenieks (NHL)

Travis Sanheim, Flyers agree to new deal (Broad Street Hockey)

Henrik Lundqvist announces retirement from hockey, Rangers to retire number this season (Blueshirt Banter)

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)


2021 Worlds - links below from the Ice Garden:

USA beats Finland 3-0

Russia beats Switzerland 3-1

Canada beats Finland 5-3

Hilary Knight ties women’s world championship goal record as US beats Finland (Sportsnet)

NHL teams mourn deaths of 3 junior hockey players (NHL)

USA women’s hockey getting younger, and Carolina Harvey is proof (ESPN)

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