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Morning Bag Skate: 9-14-21

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A daily look at hockey news around the world.

Colorado Avalanche Jeff Odgers gets into it with Chicago’s #14 Ryan VandenBussche during the first period of action. Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images

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


2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Lukas Reichel moves up to No. 5 (SCH)

Blackhawks continue attempt to toss two civil lawsuits surrounding former video coach Brad Aldrich (The Athletic) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Advocacy group wants Bowman suspended from US Olympic team (TSN)

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)


Second City Hockey’s 2021-22 season preview: Atlantic Division (SCH)

As Kirill Kaprizov contract talks go silent, Wild GM admits there are “some obstacles” (The Athletic)

Predators’ arena latest in NHL to require test or vaccination (TSN)

Kesler: “I don’t think I’ll ever get to an NHL level again” (TSN)

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)


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)