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Ex-Blackhawk Hartman On 2017 Playoffs: “Our Team Wasn’t Ready”

By Aaron Goldschmidt
TAMPA, FL - APRIL 1: Goalie Juuse Saros
TAMPA, FL - APRIL 1: Goalie Juuse Saros /

Former Chicago Blackhawk Ryan Hartman says the Predators will be ready for the first round, unlike his last team

Getting traded by your hometown team has to be painful, but forward Ryan Hartman has embraced the change.  When the Chicago Blackhawks announced that the former first-round pick had been traded to the Nashville Predators, many were surprised considering Hartman showed a lot of promise when he scored 19 goals the season before.

But desperate times and a disappointing season for the ‘Hawks led to Hartman’s departure.

On Wednesday, an article came out from The Tennesseean that asked Hartman about how the Predators could avoid a first-round upset, unlike the Blackhawks who were a heavy favorite and got swept unexpectedly.  Hartman was very open in his explanation.

"“Honestly, we coasted into playoffs,” said Hartman, whom the Predators acquired in a Feb. 26 trade. “It’s not how you want to come in. We played a team like Nashville, they came in fighting for a spot, battling and playing playoff hockey for the last two weeks of the season. It showed. It showed that our team wasn’t ready.”"

Since being traded to the Predators, Hartman has six points in 21 games.  For the season, he has 11 goals and 20 assists.

The Predators face the Colorado Avalanche tonight for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Nashville.  Similar to the Predators of last season, the Avalanche have been fighting for a playoff spot and just sneaked in on the last day of their season.  But this time, Hartman believes his team will be ready for the challenge.

Some may see this as a shot fired at the Blackhawks, but Hartman has always been open in speaking his mind. It’s not like this is the first “different” thing he’s ever said in a media scrum.

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Hartman was just being honest, really. It should be interesting to see if he can help his new team learn a lesson his old team apparently did not understand.