Morning Bag Skate: The Rumor Mill is swirling for the Blackhawks

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

The Blackhawks offseason shot off to a newsworthy start following their elimination from the NHL playoffs, with the firing of assistant coach Mike Kitchen and AHL head coach Ted Dent, as well as trading Scott Darling to the Carolina Hurricanes. But, since then, the news cycle has seemed to slow down. This weekend, however, saw the rumor mill pick up and churn out some juicy possibilities.

In other news, the Pittsburgh Penguins have the Nashville Predators on the ropes, as they hold a 3-2 series lead in the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals. Puck drop for Game 6 tonight is slated for 7 p.m. CST on NBC.


**Major rumor: The Blackhawks are likely to trade a ‘core player’ soon (SCH)

**Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman thinks Hawks will try to move up in draft? (SCH)

**Every Blackhawks trade and signing during the 2017 offseason in one place (SCH)

**Told you! Chicago Blackhawks Trade Rumors Are Buzzing (Blackhawk Up)

**Ranking every Blackhawks 1st-round pick of the past 20 years (SCH)

**Hurricanes’ AHL coach Ulf Samuelsson to join Blackhawks staff (The Athletic)

**Hawks mail satchel: Most improved player and who should be backup goalie (SCH)


**Are the Predators now a destination for free agents? (Pred Lines)

**St. Louis Blues coach Mike Yeo's job, life gain stability (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Could the Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets make a trade? (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Dallas Stars announce 2017-18 Preseason Schedule, Training Camp Dates (DBD)


**Preview of Game 6: Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (On The Forecheck)

**Three things to watch in Game 6 between Penguins and Predators (CBS Sports)

**Predators' defenseman Ryan Ellis is questionable for Game 6 (The Tennessean)

**The Penguins will have a lot of offseason decisions to make on defense (PHR)

**Tennessee is hockey-mad for Predators (Star Tribune)

**Nashville Predators PR hide P.K. Subbing from media before Game 6 (Puck Daddy)

**Penguins’ Crosby, Predators' Rinne headline Conn Smythe contenders (CBS Sports)


**Flyers re-sign defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to six-year, $27 million deal (BSH)

**Breaking down Shayne Gostisbehere's contract extension (CSN Philadelphia)

**The Rangers are targeting a few players on the trade market (New York Post)

**What the Hurricanes can learn from the Predators and Penguins (Canes Country)

**Vegas Golden Knights’ Gerard Gallant eager to coach (Las Vegas Journal-Review)


**Sweden announces first Olympic summer camp roster (The Ice Garden)