Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville upset by assistant Mike Kitchen’s firing

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

Chicago Blackhawks fired assistant coach Mike Kitchen on Monday. The decision reportedly sit well with coach Joel Quenneville.

In Hawks prospect news, Alex DeBrincat scored a goal for the Erie Otters in a 6-3 loss to Owen Sound in Game 3 of the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference Final on Monday. Owen Sound has taken a 2-1 series lead after dropping the series opener. Game 4 is Wednesday at Owen Sound.

Matthew Highmore and Nathan Noel (Saint John) will play Game 3 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s semifinals Tuesday at Chicoutimi in Game 2. The series is tied 1-1.


**Bowman is right to exert his power over Hawks’ hockey operations (SCH)

**Quenneville ‘upset and surprised’ by Hawks’ firing of Kitchen (SCH)

**Hawks fire assistant coach Mike Kitchen (SCH)

**Stanley Cup window remains open for Hawks (The Athletic)

**Hawks team awards for 2016-17 season (SCH)

**Anisimov will not play for Russia at Worlds (SCH)

**What’s on the Hawks’ salary cap books for 2017-18? (SCH)

**Seabrook undaunted: ‘I’ve got a lot of hockey left in me’ (Chicago Sun Times)

**Bowman talks tough, but how will he act? (The Athletic)


**Round 2 schedule: Blues vs. Preds (On The Forecheck)

**Armstrong takes a look at Blues' turnaround (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Ortiz: Hutton’s insight on Preds may help (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Fletcher should not pay the price for Wild’s first-round exit (Hockey Wilderness)

**Stars season grades: Dan Hamhuis (Defending Big D)

**Stars season grades: Brett Ritchie (Defending Big D)


**Stanley Cup playoff schedule, matchups (SBN)

**Anderson, Cogliano, Ryan named 2017 Masterton nominees (SBN)

**Penguins ‘hopeful’ for Hagelin (Pensburgh)

**Round 2 schedule: Capitals vs. Penguins (Japers’ Rink)

**Round 2 schedule: Senators vs. Rangers (Silver Seven)

**Sharks’ Thornton played with torn ACL, MCL (Fear The Fin)

**DeBoer doesn’t get a pass for the Sharks first-round loss (Fear The Fin)

**Cassidy ‘absolutely’ wants to return as Bruins’ head coach (CBS Boston)

**Isles bring back Seidenberg — one year, $1.25 million (Lighthouse Hockey)


**Pending free agents Radulov, Zaitsev won’t play for Russia at Worlds (PHT)

**Longtime assistant Pearson named new Michigan coach (Maize N Brew)

**Niagara hires USHL Dubuque’s Jason Lammers (SBNCH)

**OHL Playoffs: Steelheads take 3-0 series lead with 2OT win over Petes (Sportsnet)