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Morning Bag Skate: 9-16-21

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

Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to Second City Hockey (SCH)

Blackhawks prospect breakdown: Nolan Allan’s defensive ability propelled him into the first round (The Athletic)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Dylan Strome slides up to No. 3 (SCH)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Philipp Kurashev skates to No. 4 (SCH)

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

NHL

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

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

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

How NHL prospect tournaments went from small-town solution to leaguewide must (The Athletic)

“Call the rulebook”: McDavid asks for consistency from referees (The Athletic)

Pronman: Most interesting NHL prospect to watch in training camp for every team (The Athletic)

Tyler Bozak signs one-year contract with Blues (St. Louis Game Time)

Donato signs one-year contract with Kraken (NHL)

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)

HOCKEY WORLD

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)