The Blackhawks are holding out Mattias Janmark from the lineup on Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Head coach Jeremy Colliton called it an "organizational decision" and not performance-based.
The NHL trade deadline is on Monday and the Blackhawks are likely protecting their potential asset in Janmark, who has reportedly drawn interest from several teams.
"A lot of teams are dealing with stuff like this," Colliton said. "It’s the time of year. Obviously, you address it depending on the situation and I think the message is, focus on what you can control. There are things I can and can’t control, same thing with the players. Your energy is always best spent on the things you can actually affect and that’s always the right thing to do."
Janmark signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Blackhawks over the offseason and it's safe to say he's exceeded expectations. He has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 41 games and would be on pace to set a career-high in goals (20) and points (38) if it were a normal 82-game season.
Janmark has cooled off as of late with only one assist in his last 10 contests, but he would certainly be a nice addition for a Stanley Cup contender looking to shore up their middle-six depth.