Morning Bag Skate: Niklas Hjalmarsson bought neighbor’s house then destroyed it for bigger yard

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

Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson is back in the news because he’s selling his Chicago-area home. In a story about listing his home it was noted that he bought his neighbor’s house then had it demolished to create a bigger backyard. Such a dad move.


**Hjalmarsson demolished his neighbor’s house to have a bigger yard (SCH)

**Hawks appear to be done making big moves this offseason (SCH)

**IceHogs should be a lot more fun next season (SCH)

**Goalie prospect Wouter Peeters prepared to take long road to Hawks (The Athletic)

**Finnish line: Markkanen, Jokiharju excited about futures in Chicago (Chicago Tribune)

**Rasmussen ‘fired up’ after leaving Hawks for new role with Ducks (CSN)

**NHL’s big new extensions reinforce Kane, Toews aren’t Hawks’ problem (SCH)

**Hawks stick to clearance section while free-agent shopping (SCH)

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


**Where Preds’ new players fit in lineup (The Tennessean)

**Preds report card: Ryan Ellis (On The Forecheck)

**Preds report card: Mattias Ekholm (On The Forecheck)

**Jilted former Preds anthem singer: 'I don't want to have an association with the organization any longer' (The Tennessean)

**C'mon, Smashville, let's ease up on ex-Preds anthem singer (The Tennessean)

**90s Blues were hilarious (St. Louis GameTime)

**Pang secures new Blues deal, ‘overwhelmed’ by fan support (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Sooner, not later, for Blues' best prospects (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Blues launch search for anthem performers (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Wild turns attention to signing RFAs while looking beyond next season (Star Tribune)

**What is Hellebuyck’s role with Mason for Jets? (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Stars sign Faksa to 3-year, $6.6 million extension (Defending Big D)

**Is Stars prospect Gurianov close to being NHL ready? (Defending Big D)

**Avalanche need to ditch passive rebuild strategy (Mile High Hockey)


**Every major NHL free agency signing (SBN)

**Hand-picking destinations for veterans on Stanley Cup chase (Puck Daddy)

**Lighting re-sign Johnson for 7 years $35 million (Raw Charge)

**Nassau, Suffolk legislatures want Isles to return to Coliseum (Newsday)

**Jokinen signs with Oilers on 1-year, $1.1 million deal (SBN)

**Oilers sign Yohann Auvitu to 1-year deal (Copper N Blue)

**Klein retires from NHL after 12 seasons (Blueshirt Banter)

**Harvard graduate Kerfoot could fill Rangers’ void at center (Blueshirt Banter)

**Raanta is ready for the No. 1 job with Coyotes (PHT)

**Is Rick Tocchet the right gamble for Arizona Coyotes? (Puck Daddy)

**Fred Brathwaite joins Islanders as goalie coach (Lighthouse Hockey)

**Between Galchenyuk, Drouin, who is better suited to play centre? (Sportsnet)

**McDonagh will be in Tavares’ position soon enough (New York Post)


**Jacques Ysaye, creator of Whalers anthem 'Brass Bonanza,' dies at 94 (Puck Daddy)

**Mariucci Arena renamed '3M Arena at Mariucci' as Minnesota secures $11.2 million deal (Star Tribune)

**Kovalchuk says Olympics was one of main factors in return to KHL (PHT)

**Former Oilers forward Anton Lander signs with KHL’s Ak-Bars (PHT)