Morning Bag Skate: NHL free agency begins

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world.

The NHL’s free agency period begins at 11 a.m. CT today.


**Everything to know about the Hawks’ free agency situation (SCH)

**Gagner, Hawks have 'mutual interest,' per report (SCH)

**Hawks re-sign Pokka to 1-year deal (SCH)

**Rasmussen non-tendered by Hawks, will become free agent July 1, per report (SCH)

**Chicago interested in free agent d-man Karl Alzner, per report (SCH)

**Hawks sign Forsberg to 2-year deal, re-sign Jurco for 1 year (SCH)

**Every Hawks trade, signing during 2017 offseason in one place (SCH)


**Wild swap Scandella, Pominville for Sabres’ Ennis, Foligno (Hockey Wilderness)

**Wild didn’t improve in trade with Sabres (Hockey Wilderness)

**Darren Pang may leave Blues’ broadcast (St. Louis GameTime)

**Jackman 'easing' into role as development coach (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Blues prospect Walman close to being NHL ready (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Jets place Stuart on waivers (Arctic Ice Hockey)


**Every major NHL free agency signing (SBN)

**Report: Dallas Eakins will interview for Coyotes head coaching gig (PHT)

**Capitals sign Orlov to 6-year, $30.6M deal (Japers’ Rink)

**Flames agree to terms with Stone for 3 years, $10.5M (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

**Elliott signs 2-year, $5.5M contract with Flyers (Broad Street Hockey)

**Panthers will buy out Jokinen’s contract, per report (SBN)

**Report: Nilsson to sign with Canucks (PHT)


**Sabres AHL affiliate names Chris Taylor new head coach (Die By The Blade)

**NHL journeyman goalie Peters signs with KHL’s Dinamo Riga (PHT)