Morning Bag Skate 8-1-23

This is your daily thread to talk about the latest hockey news.

Morning Bag Skate 8-1-23
Photo by Mike Cox / Unsplash

This is your daily thread to talk about the latest hockey news.


Blackhawks announce United Center service honoring late owner Rocky Wirtz (NBC Sports Chicago)

The Friday Show: Russ Rankin, hockey scout and lead singer of Good Riddance (SCH)

Source: Wirtz Corporation purchasing USHL's Chicago Steel (The Athletic)

Looking back at Rocky Wirtz's legacy as conductor of Blackhawks' late-2000s turnaround (Sun-Times)

Projecting the Blackhawks lineup: Philipp Kurashev's new contract plugs in the final puzzle piece (Tribune)

Meet the new Blackhawks: Hmm, I wonder what Nick Foligno was brought in to do? (SCH)

Musings on Madison, Episode 129 – Emergency episode on the death of Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz (SCH)

Rocky Wirtz articles (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (The Athletic) (NHL) (ESPN)

Blackhawks sign Samuel Savoie to entry-level contract (SCH)

Meet the new Blackhawks: Is Taylor Hall still a top-line player? (SCH)

Lazerus: Connor Bedard's parents cope with universal – yet unique – emotions (The Athletic)

Kurashev signs two-year contract following arbitration (SCH) (Sun-Times) (NBC Sports Chicago)

Ryan Donato ready to "fill whatever role necessary" in Blackhawks' forward lineup (Sun-Times)

The Friday Show: Mark Lazerus of The Athletic (SCH)

Connor Bedard and Oliver Moore are featured in a behind-the-scenes NHL draft special that premieres on Friday (Tribune)

Nick Foligno is determined to create a safe space for Bedard to flourish (NBC Sports Chicago)

What are the Blackhawks getting in No. 93 pick Jiri Felcman? (SCH)

Blackhawks prospect Frank Nazar's "got something to prove" this season (The Athletic)


Gustavsson avoids arbitration with new deal (NHL)

Devils give restricted free agent Bahl 2-year deal (ESPN)

McBain gets 2-year deal, avoids arbitration (NHL)

Expanded playoffs, the flat cap and the Olympics: Union head Marty Walsh on the state of the NHL (ESPN)

Tarasenko signs 1-year, $5 million contract with Ottawa (NHL)

Coyotes sign Cooley, No. 3 pick in 2022 (NHL)

Aho gets 8-year contract with Hurricanes (NHL)

Murray to go on long-term IR for Maple Leafs (NHL)

Report: Avs re-sign F Meyers to one-year deal (ESPN)

Bergeron retires after 19 seasons in NHL (NHL)

Blue Jackets excited to play for Babcock (NHL)

Avalanche sign Kovalenko to two-year deal (ESPN)

Panthers, Luostarinen agree to 3-year extension (ESPN)

DeAngelo signs 1-year deal with Hurricanes (NHL)

Nill signs 2-year deal to remain Stars GM (NHL)

Erik Karlsson to the Penguins? What we're hearing about a potential trade (The Athletic)

Samsonov awarded 1-year deal with Toronto (NHL)

Karlsson confirms he has spoken to Leafs, Pens, Hurricanes, Kraken (TSN)

Senators add Korpisalo to stabilize goalie, end playoff drought (NHL)

Coyotes eye new contract with Tourigny (NHL)

Dunn signs with Kraken, avoids hearing (NHL)

Aho, Hurricanes "getting close" to contract (NHL)

Guy Boucher returns to NHL, headlines Sheldon Keefe's "complete" Maple Leafs staff (Sportsnet)


How trailblazer Jessica Campbell's "different lens" paid off in her first year as an AHL coach (ESPN)

Union head focused on getting back into Olympics (ESPN)

Nike ends its partnership with Hockey Canada (ESPN)

Wicked Angles: The elephant in the room has begun to trumpet (The Ice Garden)

Tim Tebow co-owner of Lake Tahoe ECHL team (NHL)