Mattias Janmark will be a healthy scratch for the Blackhawks’ game Saturday against the Blue Jackets.
The Hawks are expected to trade Janmark, a pending free agent, before Monday’s 2 p.m. CT deadline and won’t play him in order to avoid injury and protect his value.
Coach Jeremy Colliton called it an “organizational decision to hold him out.” He could fetch something close to a third-round pick or ‘B’-grade prospect in return. He tallied 19 points in 41 games with the Hawks.
“A lot of teams are dealing with stuff like this,” Colliton added. “It’s the time of year. Obviously you address it [to the team], depending on the situation. The message is [to] focus on what you can control.”
Scratching players anticipating trades has been a popular strategy around the NHL this year. Over the past week, the Devils did it with Kyle Palmieri, the Sabres did it with Taylor Hall and the Blue Jackets did it with David Savard. Palmieri was quickly traded to the Islanders, Savard reportedly will be dealt to the Lightning on Saturday and Hall will likely have a new home by Monday.