Friday, July 3, 2015

Columbus, Saad, agree to six-year, $36 million deal

Brandon Saad cashed in today by the signing of a six-year, $36 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Saad, a huge part of two Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championships, was dealt earlier this week to Columbus.  The Blackhawks working with a familiar nuisance, the NHL Salary Cap, could not afford a deal like this to keep Saad aboard.  Stan Bowman traded Saad in exchange for two players that could contribute now in the upcoming year, Artem Anisimov, and Marko Dano.

The Blackhawks could have received a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft for the amount that Saad signed for if he would have agreed to an offer sheet, but there is no guarantee of any of those three picks making a contribution to the team next year or in the future.  One thing that Bowman and the rest of the Blackhawks Organization want to do is be a credible, and competitive team every single year.  The Hawks will be that again in 2015-16.

As much of an unpopular move it was to trade Saad, Bowman replaced Richards/Vermette with a younger, Anisimov, who will become the Hawks new 2nd line center.  Dano will also make an impact on the team at the even younger age of 20, to provide a punch next year.

Congratulations to Brandon Saad and thank you for all you've done for our beloved Blackhawks.


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