Morning Bag Skate: Former Blackhawk Scott Darling signs 4-year deal with Hurricanes

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

Former Chicago Blackhawks backup goaltender Scott Darling signed a four-year deal with the Hurricanes worth an average of $4.15 million per season, the team announced Friday.

In Hawks prospect news, Matthew Highmore scored two goals and had an assist in Saint John’s 6-3 win in Game 1 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s President Cup Final. Nathan Noel also scored.


**Prospect DeBrincat named OHL Most Outstanding Player (SCH)

**Watch: Panarin scores shootout winner for Russia (SCH)

**2017 World Championship preview: Hawks edition (SCH)


**RECAP: Blues avoid elimination with win in Game 5 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Hochman: Third-period effort is a season-saver for Blues (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Preds’ attack lacking in loss to Blues (The Tennessean)

**Pickard, Barrie come up big for Canada in World Championship (Denver Post)

**Josh Kroenke retains faith in GM Sakic despite rough season for Avs (Denver Post)

**Jets season review: Tobias Enstrom (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Jets season review: Dustin Byfuglien (Arctic Ice Hockey)


**Stanley Cup playoff schedule, matchups (SBN)

**RECAP: Perry caps shocking Ducks rally with 2OT-winner, take 3-2 series lead (OC Register)

**’Canes sign Darling signs four-year, $16.6M deal (Canes Country)

**Devils countdown to contention starts now (All About The Jersey)

**Report: Vegas interested in Dadonov, Shipachyov’s KHL teammate (PHT)

**Vegas fans won’t have chance to buy jerseys until August (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

**Vegas free-agent signee could be the first of several (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

**Nevada state Sen. Atkinson makes exception for Golden Knights license plate (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

**Watch: Gudas punches Flyers teammate Giroux at Worlds (Broad Street Hockey)


**Germany upsets U.S. in World Championship stunner (PHT)

**QMJHL Final: Gauthier, Highmore power Sea Dogs past Armada in Game 1 (Sportsnet)

**WHL Final: Neuls scores OT winner, Thunderbirds top Pats in Game 1 (Sportsnet)