Morning Bag Skate: Stan Bowman speaks out on recent moves

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

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman spoke on Saturday regarding the prominent decisions his team has made in the weeks since his joint press conference with Joel Quennville on April 22, in which he called Chicago’s recent season a “complete disaster”.

He dismissed the thoughts of those who believe the firing of Quennville confidant and assistant Mike Kitchen was a “warning shot” and told the Chicago Sun-Times that he has not set a deadline to replace him, and that Quenneville will play a “significant role in the hiring process.” Bowman also discussed trading Scott Darling to the Carolina Hurricanes. Read more below:


**Stan Bowman is ‘setting the record straight’ on recent moves (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Marcus Kruger knows the offseason ‘routine’ all too well by now (Chicago Sun-Times)


**Why the Stars were a “vey appealing” team for Ben Bishop to sign with (DMN)

**Blues AHL affiliate Chicago Wolves knocked out of Calder Cup (St. Louis Game Time)

**Avalanche players are performing well at the World Championships (Denver Post)

**Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck’s season in review (Arctic Ice Hockey)


**Stanley Cup playoff schedule, matchups (SBN)

**RECAP: Bobby Ryan’s OT goal gives Senators a solid series start (SSS)

**Senators forward Bobby Ryan’s playoff performance is raising eyebrows (theScore)

**RECAP: Penguins fall short in 2-1 OT loss to Senators, start series 0-1 (Pensburgh)

**Hockey fans weren’t happy Game 1 of Senators-Penguins was delayed for golf (SBN)

**The Ducks should feeling the heat in Game 2 tonight (OC Register)

**Analyzing James Neal’s Game 1 overtime game winner (On The Forecheck)

**Evgeni Malkin tallied his 148th playoff point, passing Jaromir Jagr for 3rd (theScore)

**Review the 2000 Columbus/Minnesota Expansion Draft (Blackhawk Up)


**Switzerland stunned Canada at the Worlds in a 3-2 OT win in Paris (Toronto Sun)

**The United States came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat Latvia 5-3 (Newsday)

**2017 second round pick Billy Constantinou committed to the Niagara IceDogs (OHL)