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Morning Bag Skate: 8-9-21

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Stronger, faster and (mostly) vegan, Blackhawks’ Adam Gaudette has “changed who I am as a player” (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks sign Brandon Hagel to a 3-year, $4.5 million contract (SCH) (On Tap Sports Net) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Lawyer asks US Center for SafeSport to investigate Blackhawks GM (TSN)

Meet the new Blackhawks: Forward Jujhar Khaira (SCH)

Musings on Madison, Episode 60 - Deep dives on the newest Blackhawks (SCH)

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)


Pelech gets 8-year contract from Islanders (NHL)

Bergeron, Bruins discussing extension (NHL)

Oilers sign forward Brendan Perlini (Copper and Blue)

Darnell Nurse signs 8-year extension (Copper and Blue)

Johansson agrees to 1-year deal with Kraken (NHL)

NHL offseason by the numbers: Which teams have improved the most (and least)? (The Athletic)

Tatar signs two-year contract with Devils (NHL)

Fabbro signs with Predators, avoids hearing (NHL)

Aston-Reese signs with Penguins, avoids hearing (NHL)

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)


Traded for Marc-Andre Fleury and unwanted by the Golden Knights, Mikael Hakkarainen is in a strange situation (The Athletic)

“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)