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Friday Morning Bag Skate, 4-19-24

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


RECAPS: Kings 5, Blackhawks 4 (SCH) (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks NCAA prospect update, 4/18: Thompson wins NCAA title with Denver (SCH)

With ACL recovery on track, Taylor Hall used lost season to “refresh mentally” (Sun-Times)

Connor Bedard assesses rookie season with Blackhawks: “I was OK” (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks look back at season with frustration, but see reasons for hope in 2024-25 and beyond (The Athletic)

What will the Blackhawks look like next season? Not even the players know (The Athletic)

Blackhawks rate their season: “Everyone is going to go into the summer a little pissed off with how things went this year” (Tribune)

Joey Anderson quietly enjoyed career breakthrough by not obsessing about it (Sun-Times)

Analyzing Lukas Reichel’s difficult Blackhawks season, what he improved and what he didn’t (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks wunderkind Connor Bedard dazzles fans and defies age in rookie campaign (The Athletic)

Blackhawks get New Year’s Eve date with St. Louis Blues for the Winter Classic (Tribune)

Musings on Madison, Episode 154 — Nazar debuts; revisiting ’23-24 season predictions (SCH)

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

Blackhawks’ draft-lottery odds locked in with top-four pick guaranteed (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks prospect notes: Roman Kantserov stepping up in KHL playoffs (The Athletic)

Seth Jones much better in second half of season, just like ’22-23 (Sun-Times)

Analyzing Blackhawks’ fans attendance at the United Center this season (Sun-Times)

RECAPS: Hurricanes 4, Blackhawks 2 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (The Athletic)

Blackhawks sign Frank Nazar to entry-level contract (SCH) (Sun-Times) (The Athletic)

RECAPS: Predators 5, Blackhawks 1 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)


Kraken 4, Wild 3 (NHL)

Jets 4, Canucks 2 (NHL)

Flames 5, Sharks 1 (NHL)

Avalanche 5, Oilers 1 (NHL)

Ducks 4, Golden Knights 1 (NHL)


2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs 1st-round schedule (NHL)

NHL BoG approves establishment of franchise in Utah (NHL)

Crosby to talk contract extension with Penguins (NHL)

Devils GM starts coaching search, Green in mix (ESPN)

Panthers “dying for that chance to win” Cup (NHL)

Kucherov becomes 5th NHL player to get 100 assists (NHL)

Penguins’ Carter retires after 19 NHL season (NHL)

Fleury signs with Wild, will play 1 final NHL season (NHL)

St. Louis to remain Canadiens coach next 3 seasons (NHL)

Capitals top prospect Leonard returning to BC (ESPN)

Granato fired by Sabres, no replacement named (NHL)

Edwards, longtime voice of Bruins, set to retire (ESPN)

Landeskog watches practice, but return “not close” (ESPN)

NHL: Record 22.5M fans went to games in ’23-24 (ESPN)

Canadiens call up D-man who had legal issue (ESPN)

Panthers re-sign GM Zito, add on title of president (ESPN)

Ducks sign top NCAA goal-scorer Gauthier (NHL)

Buium set for NHL Draft after NCAA title win (NHL)

Bruins defenseman Shattenkirk fined for stick hit (ESPN)

Caps D Jensen conscious, alert after hit into boards (ESPN)

Celebrini “not too sure” where he’ll play next season (NHL)

Hanifin signs 8-year contract with Golden Knights (NHL)

Demko practices, confident he’ll be set for playoffs (NHL)

Ducks wing Silfverberg retiring at end of season (ESPN)

Sources: NHL plan could move Coyotes to Utah (ESPN)

Hobey Baker finalist Blake signs with Hurricanes (ESPN)

McDavid out for Oilers because of lower-body injury (NHL)


Jagr, 52, passes Howe as oldest pro hockey player (ESPN)

PWHL Ottawa recognized in visit to Senate (The Ice Garden)

PWHL returns from international break as push for playoffs begins (The Ice Garden)

Denver blanks BC, wins 10th NCAA championship (ESPN)

Poulin comes up clutch again as Canada beats US to win Women’s Worlds gold (Sportsnet) (The Ice Garden)

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