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Morning Bag Skate: 8-5-21

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Blackhawks takeaways: From Marc-Andre Fleury to Dylan Strome to Brandon Hagel, where does everybody stand? (The Athletic)

After processing shocking trade, Fleury “now excited” to join Blackhawks (Sun-Times)

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)

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)

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)


Zach Sanford signs one-year contract with Blues (St. Louis Game Time)

Dubois to earn Kivlenieks by wearing No. 80 (NHL)

Tortorella joins ESPN as NHL studio analyst (NHL)

How the Kraken will get equipment for an entire roster in time for training camp (The Athletic)

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)


“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)

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)