The Chicago Blackhawks traded Brandon Saad — again — this time in a deal with the Colorado Avalanche.
Via The Athletic’s Ryan S. Clark, among others:
Avalanche receive: Brandon Saad ($5 million cap hit after retention) and Dennis Gilbert.
Blackhawks’ side: They retained $1M from Saad’s contract, also gain Nikita Zadorov’s RFA signing rights, and Anton Lindholm.
Blackhawks trade Brandon Saad to Avalanche
According to Cap Friendly, this leaves the Avalanche with almost $10 million in cap space. Adding Saad doesn’t necessarily keep Colorado from seeking Alex Pietrangelo or Taylor Hall, at least technically speaking. But with Ryan Graves and Tyson Jost lingering as remaining RFAs, it seems like the Avalanche are buying in the midrange of the market, rather than going big game hunting. But we’ll see.
Saad somehow is only 27. Considering all he’s been through — plenty of Blackhawks fans probably flinch at the phrase “Brandon Saad trade” — it’s easy to get wrapped up in Artemi Panarin‘s dominance and forget that Saad is quite good.
On paper, it wouldn’t be shocking if Saad ends up being a nice fit for the Avalanche. But he’s not exactly the flashiest one.
Saad has fallen off from his previous heights, but if there’s anywhere to rehabilitate a player’s game, it’s Colorado. Having Chicago retain $1M helps though, as does the cheap price. Nikita Zadorov isn’t great, but can probably help Chicago’s weak team defence. pic.twitter.com/zRVRwy53QP
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This continues a busy Saturday for Colorado, as they also locked up RFAs Andre Burakovsky and Valeri Nichushkin. While this isn’t as exciting as going all-in and convincing Hall and Pietrangelo to buy in for a year, this is