Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks leave Marcus Kruger, Trevor van Riemsdyk unprotected for NHL expansion draft

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

The NHL released the protected lists for all 30 non-expansion teams Sunday, and, as expected, the Chicago Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk wasn’t on the list.

Chicago protected forwards Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Artem Anisimov, Ryan Hartman, Richard Panik and Tomas Jurco, along with defensemen Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson and goaltender Corey Crawford. All of those players, but Hartman, Jurco and Panik have no-movement clauses in their contracts, meaning the Hawks were required to protect them. Players who have been professionals for two years or less, including Artemi Panarin, were exempt from the expansion draft.


**Hawks, Golden Knights have Kruger trade in place, per report (SCH)

**Hawks leave Kruger, van Riemsdyk unprotected (SCH)

**Breaking down Hawks’ protection list (SCH)

**Rasmussen turned down Hawks’ initial contract offer (SCH)

**NHL expansion draft: Everything to know about Hawks and Vegas (SCH)

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

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


**Predators expose Neal instead of Jarnkrok (On The Forecheck)

**Wild protects Zucker, Brodin; exposes Staal, Dumba, Scandella (Star Tribune)

**Blues protect Bouwmeester, Reaves; expose Perron (St. Louis GameTime)

**Stars protection list (Defending Big D)

**Jets protection list (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Avs protect Varlamov, expose Pickard (Mile High Hockey)


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

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

**NHL salary cap will rise to $75 million next season (SCH)

**NHL reveals protection lists ahead of expansion draft (TSN)

**Grading all 30 expansion draft protection lists (SBN)

**NHL Expansion draft: Pick your team (SBN)

**NHL expansion draft 2017: Best- and worst-case scenarios for each team (SBN)

**Vegas has 4 trades in place for expansion draft, per report (SBN)


**Preds prospect Teemu Kivihalme leaves Colorado College (SBNCH)