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Morning Bag Skate: 9-8-21

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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)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Alex Vlasic moves up to No. 13 (SCH)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Alex Nylander drops to No. 14 (SCH)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Arvid Soderblom debuts at No. 15 (SCH)

SCH Podcast: Sam Fels, and a discussion on why we care about sports (SCH)

NHL players to participate on Olympics (SCH) (On Tap Sports Net) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

With NHL officially committed to Olympics, many Blackhawks could be in the mix (Sun-Times)

United Center to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test for events — including Blackhawks games (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Blackhawks staff changes: Jay Blunk, James Gary depart, new management shifts focus (The Athletic) (Sun-Times)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: MacKenzie Entwistle works to No. 16 (SCH)

2021 Blackhawks Top 25 Under 25: Wyatt Kaiser steamrolls to No. 17 (SCH)

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)


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)

Hurricanes’ Jake Gardiner expected to miss season due to back, hip surgeries (Sportsnet)

Flyers sign Joel Farabee to 6-year extension (Broad Street Hockey)

Report: Coyotes submit bid for new arena (NHL)

NHL’s new COVID-19 protocols create financial impact, increased restrictions for unvaccinated players (The Athletic)

NHL teams have more data than ever; figuring out what matters is new test (Sportsnet)

Blues sign Colton Parayko to 8-year extension (St. Louis Game Time)

Islanders news: Casey Cizikas/Anthony Beauvillier deals(?) and the “best teammate I ever had” (Lighthouse Hockey)

Beauvillier, Sorokin, Palmieri have new deals (Lighthouse Hockey)

Report: Parise confirms agreement with Isles (TSN)


“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)

What the US needs to fix before 2022 Olympics after gold-medal game loss to Canada at women’s worlds (The Athletic)

“It’s 10 years and it still doesn’t let you go”: Love, pain remain a decade after the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crash (The Athletic)

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