Blackhawks' refusal to play Dylan Strome is unfair to him and the team

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Strome's four consecutive healthy scratches are unfair to him, have contributed to the Hawks' on-ice struggles and are even hurting his trade value.
Dylan Strome gamely participated in Blackhawks practice Wednesday.

For a month now, that's basically all Strome has done — all he has been allowed to do. A healthy scratch for each of the Hawks' first four regular-season games, Strome appears permanently stuck in that purgatory.

The Hawks made that very clear when they elected to call up AHL forward Mike Hardman to reshuffle the lineup Tuesday rather than dress Strome. Fellow scratch Adam Gaudette also seems ahead of Strome in the pecking order.

Coach Jeremy Colliton and general manager Stan Bowman have both been pressed hard about why Strome hasn't played and what he can do to change his fate. Every time, Colliton and Bowman have less-than-deftly avoided the question and changed the subject.

Asked Monday, Colliton led by saying he's "trying to find the right combination" of forwards, then ironically and inexplicably began talking about Hardman instead of Strome. On Tuesday, Colliton said there's essentially nothing Strome can do to argue his case.

"What we talk to him [about is]...he's got to practice hard, prepare to play," Colliton said. "That's what he can do. And then the lineup, that's up to us. [We've] got to figure out daily what we think is our best chance to win. That's it."

Hardman will miss Thursday's game…
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