Morning Bag Skate: Kevin Dineen stays with Blackhawks

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

Kevin Dineen will remain behind the Chicago Blackhawks bench as an assistant coach after the Colorado Avalanche hired Jared Bednar as its head coach. Dineen was reportedly a top candidate for the opening.


**Toews named alternate captain for Canada at WCH (SCH)

**Keith withdraws from WCH to focus on rehabbing knee (SCH)

**Motte, Schmaltz to represent Hawks at NHL Rookie Showcase (SCH)

**Top 25 Under 25: Erik Gustafsson at No. 13 (SCH)

**Top 25 Under 25: Luke Johnson at No. 14 (SCH)

**SCH GIF Tournament (SCH)


**Avs name Jared Bednar its next head coach (MHH)

**Bednar’s pro hockey roots in rough-and-tumble ECHL (The Denver Post)

**Bednar is a player’s coach: ‘Guys love playing for him. He gets it’ (The Denver Post)

**Report: Avs bringing in Rene Bourque on PTO (theScore)

**Blues name Pietrangelo captain (STLGT)

**Preds Top 25 Under 25: No. 10 Samuel Girard (OTF)

**Well rested Koivu could spell success for Wild (HW)

**Some Wild fans aren’t so crazy over “Let’s Go Crazy” as goal song (HW)

**Which Trashers should be inducted into Jets Hall of Fame? (AIH)


**Las Vegas could be named Desert Knights (LV R-J)

**Las Vegas hires former Panthers executive Scott Luce (PHT)

**Panthers trade Bolland, Crourse to Arizona (LBC)

**Rangers sign Brandon Pirri to 1-year, $1.1M deal (BB)


**Video: Datsyuk scores first goal since returning to KHL (PHT)

**Arizona State officially applies to NCHC but arena question lingers (SBNCH)

**Devils’ Schneider gets patriotic pads for WCH (theScore)

**Matthew Tkachuk wears ‘RIP Harambe’ T-shirt to Memorial Cup parade (theScore)