Blackhawks and Predators are nearing potential deal, per report

According to Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest, the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators are close to a potential trade.  Elliotte Friedman from Sportsnet has suggested that this could involve Blackhawks forward Ryan Hartman.

Hartman, 23, has recorded eight goals and 17 assists in 57 games with the Blackhawks this year. The 2013 first-round pick and West Dundee, Illinois native has bounced around the lineup all season. He was benched for much of their last game against the Columvus Blue Jackets last Saturday after a high-sticking penalty that led to a power play goal by Cam Atkinson.  The Blackhawks lost that game 3-2.

Follow me on Twitter at @tristanjangulo and stay tuned to as this story and others about the NHL Trade Deadline develops.

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