Morning Bag Skate: 3-23-23

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Reports on Blackhawks not wearing Pride-themed warmup sweaters (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (The Athletic)

Top of the lottery prospects: Leo Carlsson update (SCH)

Top of the lottery prospects: Matvei Michkov final update (SCH)

Blackhawks NCAA prospect update for 3/22: Tourney Time (SCH)

How do the Blackhawks tape their sticks? An SCH investigation (SCH)

The NHL’s Russia-Pride jersey problem, explained: Blackhawks join Wild in scrapping plans over safety concerns (The Athletic)

Tyler Johnson producing plenty of shots but no goals: “I’m in a rut” (Sun-Times)

RECAPS: Avalanche 5, Blackhawks 0 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Dying Hard: NHL Reverse Standings Update — Old Man Yells at Cloud Edition (SCH)

Boris Katchouk finding niche, building confidence on the forecheck (Sun-Times)

What NCAA free agent Hunter McKeown could bring to the Blackhawks (The Athletic)

Blackhawks hope power play’s improvement against Coyotes sparks better stretch run (Sun-Times)

RECAPS: Coyotes 4, Blackhawks 2 (SCH) (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks struck by “different vibe” at Coyotes’ tiny Mullett Arena (Sun-Times)

Buddy Robinson and Mike Hardman are 7 years apart — but in the same boat: “It’s nice to just pick his brain” (Tribune)

Top of the lottery prospects: Adam Fantilli update (SCH)

Top of the lottery prospects: Connor Bedard update (SCH)

Seth, Caleb Jones building even more chemistry as first-pairing partners (Sun-Times)

How the Blackhawks’ fourth line has turned into their best line (The Athletic)

RECAPS: Blackhawks 2, Predators 1 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Jason Dickinson’s analysis of Blackhawks trades suggest future as a general manager (Sun-Times)

Musings on Madison, Episode 116 — Reactions from the Blackhawks win over Boston (SCH)


Penguins 5, Avalanche 2 (NHL)

Oilers 4, Coyotes 3 (NHL)


Avs extend coach Bednar through ‘26-27 season (ESPN)

Fanatics replacing Adidas as NHL uniform partner (ESPN)

Son of Flyers GM charged in wheelchair incident (ESPN)

Josi day to day with upper-body injury (NHL)

Carlson may play “soon” after skull fracture (NHL)

Reimer boycotts Sharks’ warmup on Pride night (ESPN)

Sabres sign Northeastern G Levi to 3-year deal (ESPN)

Jordan “Trash Baby” Binnington suspended 2 games (NHL)
(Editor’s note: we may have added a word or two to that headline. Guess which ones!)

Josh Doan signs contract with Coyotes (NHL)

Salary cap could increase by more than $1 million (NHL)

Dvorak out for season for Canadiens (NHL)

Senators sale bidding has “robust” interest (NHL)

Svechnikov out for season with ACL injury (NHL)

O’Reilly expected back before playoffs (NHL)

GMs meet, discuss fights after clean hits (NHL)

Tavares fined $5,000 for slashing (NHL)

Flyers interim GM Briere: “Rebuild, not fire sale” (ESPN)

Caps re-sign van Riemsdyk to 3-year, $9 million deal (ESPN)

Flyers fire Fletcher after tepid deadline moves (ESPN)

Kaprizov out 3-4 weeks for Wild with injury (NHL)


Russia barred from all hockey worlds in 2023-24 (ESPN)

Whitecaps sweep Pride, advance to 4th Isobel Cup Final in 5 Years (The Ice Garden)

Toronto Six escape elimination with OT win (The Ice Garden)

Contenders for the 2023 PHF MVP award (The Ice Garden)

Clark and Eldridge lead Harvey’s to PWHPA Championship (The Ice Garden)

Hockey Canada announces 2023 Worlds roster (The Ice Garden)