Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks embrace Christmas break

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

The Chicago Blackhawks and the rest of the NHL are off until Tuesday. It’s a welcome change for the Hawks, who have three straight days off for the first time since Oct. 25-27.


**Prospect Krys final cut as Team USA names final roster (SCH)

**Prospects Bondra, From make World Juniors rosters (SCH)

**Panarin important, but trading Crawford should be off the table (Chicago Tribune)

**Busy Hawks welcome Christmas break (CSN)


**Subban surprises kids from Nashville hospital with a special sleigh ride (SBN)

**Win at Chicago set the standard for Avs (Denver Post)

**Christmas in Colorado won’t be the last for Bednar (Denver Post)

**Roy has left, and Avs executive Sakic be next out the door (Denver Post)


**Panthers will be without Reilly Smith for 7-10 days (PHT)


**Russia unveils World Juniors roster (SBN)

**Finland defends World Juniors title with familiar names (SBN)