Morning Bag Skate: 1-21-22

A daily look at hockey news around the world.

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


Prospect Report: Commesso named to Team USA for 2022 Olympics; defensemen still the highlights (SCH)

Powers: Let’s appreciate Pat Foley while he’s still calling Blackhawks games (The Athletic)

Seth Jones return boosts Blackhawks with games against Wild, Avalanche looming (Sun-Times)

Dylan Strome and Seth Jones are close to returning from COVID-19 protocols, but is it too late? (Tribune)

NHL announces updated Blackhawks game schedule (SCH) (Tribune) (Sun-Times)

Musings on Madison, Episode 77 — Exploring the Blackhawks road(s) ahead (SCH)

What I’m hearing about the Blackhawks, Marc-Andre Fleury, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews as trade season approaches (The Athletic)

Blackhawks will have an Olympian, after all, in prospect goalie Drew Commesso (Sun-Times)

Number Munchers: Examining the Blackhawks numbers in the King era (SCH)

Blackhawks Bits: Seth Jones removed from COVID-19 protocol; NHL reportedly changing testing policy (SCH)

As NHL plans to cease asymptomatic testing, Blackhawks’ COVID-19 issues also subsiding (Sun-Times)

RECAPS: Kraken 3, Blackhawks 2 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (The Athletic)

Blackhawks notebook: Marc-Andre Fleury ‘s stellar January keeps getting better (Sun-Times)

Scott Wheeler’s 2022 NHL prospect pool rankings: Blackhawks at No. 25 (The Athletic)

Blackhawks Bits: Reichel assigned to AHL; McCabe removed from COVID-19 Protocol (SCH)

Reichel shows skill, confidence during 2-game taste of NHL (Sun-Times)

DeBrincat has ascended among the NHL elites — just ask Patrick Kane: “He’s been our best player this year” (Tribune)


RECAP: Stars 5, Sabres 4 (Defending Big D)

RECAP: Predators 5, Jets 2 (On the Forecheck)

RECAP: Avalanche 4, Kings 1 (Mile High Hockey)

REACTION: Avalanche will need another netminder (Mile High Hockey)

Parayko, Schenn and Tarasenko are returning (St. Louis Game Time)

Wild teammates praise Boldy’s first few NHL performances (Hockey Wilderness)

How long are attendance cancellations tenable? (Arctic Ice Hockey)

Rem Pitlick claimed off waivers by Canadiens (Hockey Wilderness)

Kaprizov to return from injury Friday against Ducks (Hockey Wilderness)

Klingberg frustrated with contract talks (NHL)


RECAP: Bruins 4, Capitals 3 (NHL)

RECAP: Blue Jackets 2, Flyers 1 (NHL)

RECAP: Penguins 6, Senators 4 (NHL)

RECAP: Panthers 6, Oilers 0 (NHL)

RECAP: Golden Knights 4, Canadiens 3 (NHL)

RECAP: Kraken 3, Sharks 2 (NHL)

NHL reschedules games in place of break (NHL)

Eichel could be out another “month or two” (NHL)

Orlov suspended two games for kneeing (NHL)

“Need to be changes,” new Montreal GM says (NHL)

O’Ree has number retired by Bruins (NHL)

NHL, NHLPA update COVID-19 protocol (NHL)

Last Men In for All-Star Game announced (NHL)

Price to restart knee rehab for Canadiens (NHL)

Isles’ Johnston gets 3-game ban for illegal check (ESPN)

Maple Leafs put three players on COVID list (ESPN)

2022 NHL All-Star Game rosters announced (NHL)


The future is bright for the PHF in Montreal (The Ice Garden)

PHF to increase salary cap, expand next season (The Ice Garden)

Top hockey prospects game postponed for virus (ESPN)

US Olympic men’s hockey team turns to NCAA (ESPN)

KHL to suspend season a week over outbreaks (ESPN)

Ontario’s COVID restrictions move the 2022 PHF All-Star Showcase to Buffalo (The Ice Garden)

Canada announces 2022 Olympic roster (The Ice Garden)

Ten years after catastrophic hockey injury, what life is like now for Jack Jablonski (The Athletic)