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Morning Bag Skate 2-28-24

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


NCAA Prospect Update, 2/27: Moore, Rinzel flourishing as Minnesota freshmen (SCH)

Athanasiou finally nearing return after long injury absence (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Blackhawks hope Kevin Korchinski benefits in long term from lessons by fire (Sun-Times)

Lazerus: Patrick Kane, Connor Bedard, Chris Chelios and Blackhawks’ fortune (The Athletic)

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

Chelios recounts his legendary career during Blackhawks ceremony he never expected to get (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (The Athletic)

Patrick Kane returns to Chicago as Blackhawks opponent for first time (Sun-Times)

RECAPS: Jets 3, Blackhawks 2 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Breaking down Blackhawks’ options on trade market ahead of likely quiet deadline (Sun-Times)

Musings on Madison, Episode 148 — Bedard’s back! (SCH)

Seth Jones feeling emotional weight of Blackhawks’ constant losing: “It’s not fun for anybody in here” (Sun-Times)

Lazerus: Forgotten Blackhawks great Steve Larmer’s No. 28 belongs in the United Center rafters, too (The Athletic)

RECAPS: Flyers 3, Blackhawks 1 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Blackhawks notes: Bedard learning better positions for backchecking (Sun-Times)

Patrick Kane prepares for return to Chicago: “It’s going to be a fun night (The Athletic)

Nick Foligno’s focus on Blackhawks’ big picture makes it hard to appreciate his own productivity (Sun-Times)

RECAPS: Hurricanes 6, Blackhawks 3 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Blackhawks notes: Luke Richardson tells Lukas Reichel to “find that desire internally” in Rockford (Sun-Times)

Connor Bedard has unlocked Philipp Kurashev. Has he found his long-term wingman? (The Athletic)

How much will Alex Vlasic get on his next contract? (The Athletic)

Blackhawks send Lukas Reichel to Rockford (SCH) (Sun-Times)

At 18, Connor Bedard already is the Blackhawks’ beating heart: “We go as he goes” (The Athletic)

Blackhawks notes: Kevin Korchinski temporarily benched against Senators after mistakes (Sun-Times)

RECAPS: Blackhawks 3, Senators 2 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

RECAPS: Penguins 4, Blackhawks 1 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (The Athletic)


Red Wings 8, Capitals 3 (NHL)

Panthers 3, Sabres 2 (NHL)

Canadiens 4, Coyotes 2 (NHL)

Flyers 6, Lightning 2 (NHL)

Golden Knights 6, Maple Leafs 2 (NHL)

Hurricanes 3, Wild 2 (NHL)

Predators 4, Senators 1 (NHL)

Jets 4, Blues 2 (NHL)

Flames 4, Kings 2 (NHL)

Avalanche 5, Stars 1 (NHL)

Penguins 4, Canucks 3 (NHL)

Devils 7, Sharks 2 (NHL)


Winnipeg “strong NHL market,” Commissioner says (NHL)

Guentzel skates for 1st time since injury (NHL)

Couture wants to stay with Sharks after deadline (NHL)

Nichushkin cleared to practice by assistance program (NHL)

Injured Rust stays home as Pens begin road trip (ESPN)

Kotkaniemi of Hurricanes fined maximum for elbowing (NHL)

Kings place forward Arvidsson on long-term IR (ESPN)

Capitals concern “fairly high” for Oshie (NHL)

Stone week to week for Vegas with upper-body injury (NHL)

Penguins won’t rule out trading Guentzel, GM says (NHL)

Blood clotting issue “scary time,” Andersen says (NHL)

Panthers winger Lomberg fined $2k for elbowing (ESPN)

Rangers, Brodzinski agree on 2-year extension (ESPN)

Rasmussen signs 4-year contract with Red Wings (NHL)

Bettman affirms Rielly 5-game suspension (NHL)

Unions oppose Wizards, Capitals move to Virginia (ESPN)

McDonald out of hospital following cardiac event (ESPN)

Pens raise Jagr’s No. 68: “Best years of my life” (ESPN)

Islanders to host ’26 All-Star Game at UBS Arena (ESPN)

Islanders bear down for Stadium Series (NHL)

Guentzel expected to be out 4 weeks for Penguins (NHL)

Blue Jackets fire Kekalainen as general manager (NHL)

Wheeler helped off ice in Rangers game (NHL)

How NHL players, teams deal with the grind of back-to-back games (ESPN)

Couturier named 20th captain in Flyers history (NHL)


Rheaume thrilled to see boom in girls youth hockey (NHL)

How Kendall Coyne Schofield and the PWHL aim to “change the landscape of women’s hockey forever” (Tribune)

Crease Chats makes its debut on The Ice Garden podcast feed (The Ice Garden)

Reverse sweep gives Canada positive lessons to take into Utica (The Ice Garden)

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