Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks trying to use Trevor van Riemsdyk to sweeten potential trade

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

The Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly discussing trading forward Marcus Kruger and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to the Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL’s newest expansion franchise. A potential trade would quality as Vegas’ pick from Chicago in the expansion draft, which is June 21 in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins score three third-period goals en route to a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators for a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. The series takes two days off as it shifts to Nashville for Games 3 and 4. Game 3 is Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.


**Hawks using van Riemsdyk to bait Vegas into taking Kruger, per report (SCH)

**Prospect Robin Press will sign AHL contract for next season (SCH)

**Flat NHL salary cap would be major problem (SCH)

**Could the Hawks make a trade with Vegas to keep van Riemsdyk? (SCH)

**Ripple effect of Sharp trade still stings Hawks 2 years later (Chicago Tribune)


**Top Blues prospect Thompson took right step with AHL stint (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Boudreau weighs options after top assistant Stevens leaves (Star Tribune)

**Tale of 2 seasons for Dubnyk (Hockey Wilderness)

**Graovac struggled all season with fulfilling his role (Hockey Wilderness)


**RECAP: Guentzel leads Penguins to 2-0 series lead over Preds (Pensburgh)

**Rexrode: Preds, Rinne in hot water now (The Tennessean)

**Subban guarantees Predators win in Game 3 (Sportsnet)

**Watch: Emrick, McGuire head to Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh (Pensburgh)

**All charges against Predators’ catfish-throwing fan will be dropped (PHT)


**NHL Scouting Combine FAQ: What players will be put through in 2017 (Sportsnet)

**4 expensive players Vegas should consider taking in expansion (Sportsnet)

**Trading Ovechkin would be nearly impossible for MacLellan (Sportsnet)

**After down year, MacLellan wants to see adjustments in Ovechkin’s game (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

**Sabres interview Sharks assistant Boughner for head job (Buffalo News)

**Bolts trade unsigned draftee Imama to Kings (Raw Charge)

**Sabres sign prospect goalie Johansson, Petersen turning pro (Die By The Blade)


**2017 NHL Draft profile: Sam Huff (SBNCH)

**2017 NHL Draft profile: Grant Mismash (SBNCH)