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Blackhawks scratch Janmark for Saturday’s game due to ‘organizational decision’

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The veteran forward could be on the move before Monday’s trade deadline.

Chicago Blackhawks v Dallas Stars Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images

One of the Blackhawks’ potential trade pieces will not be on the ice Saturday night, raising speculation that he may not be with the team much longer.

Forward Mattias Janmark was announced as a healthy scratch by coach Jeremy Colliton following Saturday’s morning skate, citing an “organizational decision” to remove him from the lineup.

Janmark makes sense as one of Chicago’s top trade targets, considering his veteran experience and expiring contract. The 28-year-old Swedish forward was part of Dallas’ run to the Stanley Cup Final last year and turned that experience into a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Blackhawks. According to this report from David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, teams interested in Janmark include Boston, Pittsburgh and Toronto.

After a strong start in Chicago, Janmark was building a case to be considered as a long-term piece in the Blackhawks ongoing rebuild plans. But he’s cooled significantly in the last month, with Janmark having just one point in the last 10 games. Through 41 games this season, Janmark has 10 goals and 9 assists. Despite that recent slide, though, Janmark is still averaging 0.46 points per game this season, which is the highest mark of his career.

Chicago’s opponent on Saturday has a similar situation, as veteran defenseman David Savard remains out of the lineup while the Blue Jackets weigh potential trade offers for him: