Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks to have 3 assistant coaches for 2017-18 season

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

The Chicago Blackhawks officially hired Don Granato and Ulf Samuelsson as assistant coaches Thursday, giving Joel Quenneville three assistants on his coaching staff, along with Kevin Dineen. The hiring of Granato and Samuelsson fills the void after the Hawks fired Mike Kitchen.


**Don Granato leaving Wisconsin to join Blackhawks’ coaching staff (SCH)

**Hawks hire Brookbank as Rockford assistant (SCH)

**Goodbye, Chicago by Scott Darling (The Players’ Tribune)

**Hawks towards the top of 2018 Stanley Cup favorites (SCH)

**A complete list of every Hawks pick (SCH)

**Ranking every Hawks 1st-round pick of the past 20 years (SCH)

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


**Predators’ historic run generated $50M for Nashville (The Tennessean)

**Predators captain Fisher is considering retirement (The Tennessean)

**What Johansen brings to Nashville (On The Forecheck)

**Should Preds protect Jarnkrok or Neal in expansion draft? (On The Forecheck)

**Wild gets ‘quality’ trade offers for Brodin, Dumba (Star Tribune)

**Wild GM talking possible trades with Vegas but nothing complete (Star Tribune)

**Blues hire Berube (associate), Tkaczuk (assistant), Alexander (goalie) to finalize coaching staff (St. Louis GameTime)

**Maryland Heights council agrees to chip in $6.5M for Blues practice complex (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Avs to buy out Beauchemin (Mile High Hockey)


**SB Nation’s 2017 NHL mock draft (SBN)

**NHL expansion draft 2017: Schedule, rules, and more (SCH)

**Hockey is coming to Vegas, and it’s going to work (Knights On Ice)

**List of Penguins’ late season, playoff injuries (Post-Gazette)

**Story behind Bonino’s funky, peg-leg crutch (Post-Gazette)

**Sabres hire Preds assistant Housley as its next head coach (Die By The Blade)

**Sabres expect Okposo to be ready by training camp (PHT)

**Housley ready to coach, build relationships with Sabres' players (The Buffalo News)

**After paying his coaching dues, Housley cashes in with Sabres (The Buffalo News)

**Habs sign Drouin to 6-year, $33M deal (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**Instant Analysis: Drouin brings high-end talent to Montreal (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**Habs re-sign prospect Charles Hudon to a 2-year deal (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**Lightning trade Drouin to Habs for prospect Mikhail Sergachev, 2nd round pick (Raw Charge)

**Fennelly: Why trading Drouin could haunt Lightning (Tampa Bay Times)

**Canucks re-sign Gudbranson for 1-year, $3.5M deal (Vancouver Sun)

**Hurricanes sign Teravainen to 2-year, $5.7M extension (Canes Country)

**Pens promote Guerin, Recchi, Karmanos in wake of Botterill departure (PHT)

**Holland: Red Wings need to discuss retiring Fedorov’s No. 91 (PHT)

**Look: Werenski rocks shirt featuring his gruesome selfie (SBN)


**USA Hockey unveils Bills-themed sweater for world junior outdoor game in Buffalo (Buffalo Rumblings)

**ECHL champion (Loveland) Colorado Eagles in discussions to become Avs’ AHL affiliate (Denver Post)

**‘Canes assistant GM Vellucci to coach AHL affiliate (Canes Country)

**ECHL team moving from Alaska to Portland, Maine (PHT)