Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks gear up for preseason opener

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

The Chicago Blackhawks have one more day until they finally get back on the ice for the preseason when they face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.


**Best highlights from 2017 Blackhawks training camp festival (SCH)

**GM Bowman says Hawks are taking ‘wait and see’ approach with LTIR cap space SCH)

**Schmaltz to get first crack at playing second-line center (Chicago Sun Times)

**Sharp picking up where he left off, on and off the ice (Chicago Sun Times)

**No place like home for Wingles (Chicago Tribune)

**Eagerly anticipating Saad’s return (SCH)


**Preds return to Nashville 'hungrier than we've ever been' (The Tennessean)

**NHL Season Preview: St. Louis Blues (The Athletic)

**Maturing Tarasenko mentoring Blues' Russian contingent (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Sanford will miss rest of Blues camp (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Roommates Eriksson Ek, Kunin battling for a Wild roster spot (The Athletic)

**Jets’ Petan looking past growing pains (Winnipeg Free Press)

**Observation from Stars training camp: Day 2 (Defending Big D)

**After difficult season, Spezza feels Stars have 'sense of urgency' (NHL)

**Which of the young Avs forwards will make the team out of training camp? (Mile High Hockey)

**Avalanche covets NCAA captains (Denver Post)


**RECAP: Tavares lifts Islanders to OT win over Flyers at Nassau (Lighthouse Hockey)

**RECAP: Vegas scores 9 goals, rout Canucks in first preseason game (Knights on Ice)

**Arizona trade McGinn to Florida for Demers (Five For Howling)

**Duhatschek: One-on-one with Gretzky on NHL in China, being a grandfather, Connor McDavid (The Athletic)

**Bourne: When evaluating players, gauging opportunity they've been given is crucial (The Athletic)

**Thornton says his knee ‘feels great’ after recovery from ACL tear (SBN)

**Draisaitl not feeling any contract pressure (Edmonton Sun)


**Top 25 Under 25 in women’s hockey: Follow the countdown (The Ice Garden)

**Top 25 Under 25: Kunlun’s Shiann Darkangelo at No. 14 (The Ice Garden)