Chicago Blackhawks coach Peter DeRubeik, who is on the verge of becoming the first African-American coach in the NHL, said Monday that the trade talks for defenseman Brandon Saad, forward Tyler Seguin and goaltender Corey Crawford were ongoing.
“The talks are ongoing,” DeRubek said during a conference call with reporters.
“I think they’re ongoing.
It’s a great team, I think we have a really good chance of making the playoffs, and we have to continue to do that.
But we’re going to get a chance to make it happen.
They’re just going to continue with the process and we’re all going to make the playoffs.””
We’re not worried at all about it.
They’re just going to continue with the process and we’re all going to make the playoffs.”
Saad, 25, is coming off a career-high 26 goals and 53 points in 80 games for Chicago this season.
He led the Blackhawks in scoring with 21 goals and 40 points.
Crawford had 18 goals and 25 points.
“It’s a real good group, a great group of young guys and I think the young guys have played really well,” DeRo said.
“They’re getting better every game.
We’ll keep building and hopefully they can keep winning.
They are building up in the playoffs and are making great plays. “
This group has really been developing well.
They are building up in the playoffs and are making great plays.
I think they have a chance of being a real playoff team.”
Crawford, 27, has a career goal-scoring average of 10.5 points.
He has four assists in six games with Chicago this year.
DeRo did not name Crawford’s partner for the Blackhawks’ second line, saying, “I’m going to leave that to them.”
Crawford had eight goals and 19 points in 37 games for Dallas last season.