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Morning Bag Skate: 9-29-21

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Trent Yawney

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


Kirby Dach feels “100 percent,” while Jonathan Toews has ways to go: Evaluating every player from the Blackhawks’ first full scrimmage (The Athletic)

Chicago Blackhawks 2021-22 season preview (The Athletic)

Tyler Johnson uses Lightning experience to adapt to Blackhawks’ first-line role (Sun-Times)

Column: Newcomer Tyler Johnson tells the unvarnished truth — that the Blackhawks need “to be a little more sandpaper” (Tribune)

Observations on Tyler Johnson’s line, Dominik Kubalik’s power-play role, injuries and more (The Athletic)

Lankinen neither offended nor intimidated by Marc-Andre Fleury’s arrival (Sun-Times)

The Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup era started with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Can they help usher in a new one this season? (Tribune)

Ten thoughts on the Blackhawks after three days of training camp (The Athletic)

Blackhawks training camp: 10 observation from Seth Jones getting comfortable, jersey letters, roster competition (The Athletic)

Henrik Borgstrom motivated for “second chance” in NHL (Sun-Times)

Colliton expects Blackhawks’ bigger, deeper defensive corps to better fit his system (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks Bits: Lankinen, Hardman placed in COVID protocol; Fleury, Jones speak (SCH)

Blackhawks training camp, Day 1: 15 observation, from Jonathan Toews’ return to Jeremy Colliton’s early lineup (The Athletic)

Lazerus: Why Blackhawks should practice load management with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane (The Athletic)

Blackhawks Bits: Toews practices, Bowman says players are 100 percent vaccinated (SCH)

Toews rejoins Blackhawks as training camp begins: “It’s a good feeling” (Sun-Times) (Tribune)


Filip Forsberg is entering the most important season of his career (On the Forecheck)

Blues announce GM Doug Armstrong has signed a 5-year extension (St. Louis Game Time)

Blues trade Zach Sanford to Senators for Logan Brown (St. Louis Game Time)

Second City Hockey’s 2021-22 season preview: Colorado Avalanche (SCH)

Tarasenko “here to work” after trade request (NHL)

Second City Hockey’s 2021-22 season preview: St. Louis Blues (SCH)

Second City Hockey’s 2021-22 season preview: Minnesota Wild (SCH)

Wild sign Kirill Kaprizov to 5-year deal (Hockey Wilderness)

Second City Hockey’s 2021-22 season preview: Winnipeg Jets (SCH)

Second City Hockey’s 2021-22 season preview: Arizona Coyotes (SCH)


Preseason roundup: Kotkaniemi scores in debut (NHL)

Matthews practices for first time since surgery (NHL)

Devils goalie Blackwood is unvaccinated (NHL)

Sept. 27: NHL preseason roundup (NHL)

Rangers to retire Lundqvist’s No. 30 on Jan. 28 (NHL)

Capitals’ McIlrath suspended four games (NHL)

Senators’ Greig suspended two games (NHL)

New NHL jerseys by Adidas to debut Oct. 12 (NHL)

2021-22 NHL season predictions: What to expect from all 32 teams, playoff projections and offseason grades (The Athletic)

NHL business notebook: Reactions to the Capitals’ jersey ad deal; new names for the Panthers’ arena and the Winter Classic (The Athletic)

Preseason: Kraken win; Vatrano hat trick (NHL)

Hertl could take less to stay with Sharks (NHL)

Eichel fails physical, stripped of captaincy (Die by the Blade)

Laine sees nothing to prove with Columbus (NHL)

Malkin out at least two months of season (NHL)

NHL investigation: Evander Kane did not bet on games (NHL)

Pettersson, Hughes miss Canucks camp start (NHL)


IIHF releases 2022 Olympic schedule (The Ice Garden)

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)