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Morning Bag Skate: 8-4-21

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A daily look at hockey news around the world.

NHL: MAR 14 Blackhawks at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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

BLACKHAWKS

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)

Credit Jonathan Toews with an assist for Marc-Andre Fleury’s decision to join the Blackhawks (Tribune)

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)

NHL

Ryan Murray signs one-year deal with Avalanche (Mile High Hockey)

Thornton skating with team in Switzerland (NHL)

Kyrou agrees to 2-year contract with Blues (NHL)

Two sentences on every free agent signing of significance in the NHL (Sportsnet)

Evander Kane denies wife’s allegations he bet on games (ESPN)

Kraken revise Grubauer contract after NHL rejects initial deal (Sportsnet)

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)

HOCKEY WORLD

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)

The story of the No. 2 NHL Draft pick who chose the simplicity of his Manitoba farm (The Athletic)

IIHF releases (new) schedule for 2021 World Championships (The Ice Garden)

NWHL announces dates for opening weekend (The Ice Garden)