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Morning Bag Skate: 9-1-21

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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

Blackhawks sign Connor Murphy to 4-year contract extension (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (On Tap Sports Net)

With their new defensive core locked in, the Blackhawks suddenly face renewed expectations and pressure (The Athletic)

NHL Pipeline Rankings: No. 23 Chicago Blackhawks put Kirby Dach in front of a deep system (The Athletic)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Alec Regula at No. 18 (SCH)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Evan Barratt down to No. 19 (SCH)

With sights set on making Blackhawks out of camp, Lukas Reichel getting acclimated on and off ice in Chicago (The Athletic)

Jeremy Colliton ready to prove he can lead Blackhawks’ resurgence (Sun-Times)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Landon Slaggert takes 20 (SCH)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Isaak Phillip jumps on at 21 (SCH)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Nolan Allan debuts at 22 (SCH)

Blackhawks add Colby Cohen to TV studio lineup; Mayers, Konroyd reportedly out (SCH) (Sun-Times)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Artur Kayumov ships in at 23 (SCH)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Adam Gaudette arrives at 24 (SCH)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Mike Hardman debuts at 25 (SCH)

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

NHL

Why the Kotkaniemi offer sheet makes sense for the Hurricanes (Sportsnet)

Predators re-sign Eeli Tolvanen (On the Forecheck)

Kotkaniemi signs offer sheet from Hurricanes (Habs Eyes on the Prize) (Canes Country)

Those close to Kotkaniemi predicted he had played ‘last game’ with Habs following playoff scratch (TSN)

Hurricanes lock up Svechnikov with 8-year deal (Canes Country)

Flyers sign Sean Couturier to 8-year extension (Broad Street Hockey)

Canadiens Price, Drouin expected to be ready for training camp (Sportsnet)

Flyers sign Derick Brassard to one-year deal (Broad Street Hockey)

NHL preseason to being September 25 (NHL)

Oilers will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (TSN)

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

HOCKEY WORLD

In Dorchester, Jimmy Hayes gets a special goodbye from youth hockey players lining the streets (The Athletic)

2021 Women’s Worlds: Recaps from The Ice Garden

Canada wins gold and Finland wins bronze

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

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