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Morning Bag Skate: 9-13-21

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


2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Brandon Hagel skyrockets to No. 6 (SCH)

As Hagel’s Blackhawks career blossoms, his father watches in amazement: “He did it all” (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks refile arguments to dismiss lawsuits related to misconduct allegations against former video coach Brad Aldrich (Tribune) (Sun-Times)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Ian Mitchell down slightly to No. 7 (SCH)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Wyatt Kalynuk climbs to No. 8 (SCH)

SCH Podcast: Jack (aka JFreshHockey), and a wide-ranging discussion on hockey analytics (SCH)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Nicolas Beaudin drops to No. 9 (SCH)

He helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup. But now 2 lawsuits are bringing scrutiny to a former coach’s behavior around young players (Tribune) Content warning: this article contains details which may be disturbing to some readers

Blackhawks to honor Shaw, Seabrook, Hjalmarsson’s retirement this season (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks single-game tickets go on sale Sept. 14 (Tribune)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Drew Commesso at No. 10 (SCH)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Henrik Borgstrom at No. 11 (SCH)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Riley Stillman arrives at No. 12 (SCH)


Senators expect to sign Tkachuk by camp (NHL)

Senators will host full capacity at CTC for fully-vaccinated fans only (TSN)

Parise has “extra motivation” with Islanders (NHL)

Tarasenko expected to stay with Blues, per coach (NHL)

David Backes retires as a St. Louis Blue (St. Louis Gametime)

Canucks’ Horvat on COVID-19 vaccine: “I encourage everybody to get it” (Sportsnet)

Sidney Crosby has wrist surgery, out at least six weeks (Pensburgh)

Bergeron to decide on future after season (NHL)

Ranking the best under-23 NHL players: Does Cale Makar or Andrei Svechnikov top the list? (The Athletic)

Merzlikins seeks Vezina as Kivlenieks tribute (NHL)

Seguin almost “back to normal” for Stars (NHL)

The Jesperi Kotkaniemi saga: Kotkaniemi to join Hurricanes (Canes Country) (Habs Eyes on the Prize); A worthy gamble for the Hurricanes (Canes Country)

Canadiens acquire Christian Dvorak (Habs Eyes on the Prize) (Five for Howling)


Behind the masks: Inside the studios of the artists who give goalies their game faces (The Athletic)

A conversation with PHF commissioner Ty Tumminia (The Ice Garden)

“You cannot miss this window”: As Olympics approach, what’s next for pro women’s hockey? (The Athletic)

“This goes beyond me” — Coyotes create program for hockey coaches to improve diversity (The Athletic)

“This is not a risk-free era”: On Canadian hockey easing fans back into the rink (The Athletic)

NWHL rebrands to PHF (The Ice Garden)