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Brandon Saad | Winger

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (22) / 10/27/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 204
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The negotiations between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Brandon Saad were pretty easy.
The two sides agreed pretty quickly on the six-year/$36 million contract extension with only the small details to work out."Both parties wanted to get a deal done, and get it done sooner rather than later," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen told The Columbus Dispatch. "Brandon wanted to get it done so he could concentrate on hockey and get to Columbus. It took a couple of days, but it was more about the smaller details than anything else. We weren't far apart at the start." Saad had 23 goals and 52 points last season and will look to top that mark in Columbus as he will be a go-to player, something he wasn't necessarily in Chicago. Jul 4 - 6:13 AM

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Brandon Saad has agreed to a six-year, $36 million contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Chicago dealt Saad to Columbus as it wouldn't have been able to meet the restricted free agent's contract demands. Saad had 23 goals and 52 points in 82 contests in 2014-15, so just by that standard, it would seem Columbus is overpaying. That being said, the expectation is that this is a contract Saad will go into. He's just 22 years old (23 in October) and it's not hard to envision $6 million annually looking like a fair price for the majority of this agreement. This also gives the Blue Jackets two very promising young, skilled forwards between Saad and Ryan Johansen.
Jul 3 - 2:47 PM

Brandon Saad and the Columbus Blue Jackets are still working on a new contract.

Columbus General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen said he and Saad's agent, Lewis Gross, are still negotiating. Saad was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the week, but he still hasn't come to terms on a deal with his new team. The young winger was traded by the Hawks because they didn't feel that they could bring him back at a number that made sense for them. There were several reports saying that Saad was looking for $6.5 million per season. It will be interesting to see what the final numbers end up looking like once a deal is reached.
Jul 2 - 7:09 PM

Brandon Saad and Chicago never got close to agreeing to terms before he was traded to Columbus.

Saad is a restricted free agent and was reportedly looking for $6.5 million annually. "It's fair to say we both tried hard to make it work. It wasn't going to in this scenario," Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said. "I don't think we ever came close on a contract. It wasn't for lack of effort. I respect their side. It just didn't work for us, and it obviously didn’t work for them. That's why we had to move on." We'll have to wait to see what Saad agrees to with Columbus.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 1 - 8:31 AM

Brandon Saad has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus also received Michael Paliotta and Alex Broadhurst from Chicago, while the Blackhawks acquired Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp, Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano and fourth-round pick in 2016. Changes were expected to come for the Blackhawks due to the cap and Saad, who is set to be a restricted free agent, becomes a casualty as a result.
Jun 30 - 5:25 PM

Restricted free agent Brandon Saad and the Blackhawks have had solid contract negotiations to date.

Both sides seem to feel progress is being made on a long-term deal. Saad is one of the Hawks' emerging talents and Chicago GM Stan Bowman wants to get a contract done. We are pegging Saad as a 60-point guy next season with the potential for more going forward. Stay tuned.
Jun 27 - 1:00 PM

Brandon Saad of the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks can become a restricted free agent July 1, but don't expect that to happen.

Saad wants to re-sign with the Hawks and general manager Stan Bowman is confident that he'll be able to satisfy the talented forward with a new deal. "He's grown as a player," Bowman said Wednesday. "We want him to continue to grow and take a bigger role next year. We've seen him emerge over the last couple of seasons. He's just starting to grow into a big role on our team, and that's going to continue for many years to come. We'll work that out." Saad could receive offer sheets if he doesn't reach agreement with the Blackhawks prior to free agency. Chicago has a difficult salary-cap situation heading into next season but Bowman said he isn't worried about it affecting his ability to re-sign Saad, who recorded career highs in the regular season with 23 goals, 29 assists and 52 points.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 18 - 12:21 AM

Brandon Saad netted the game-winning goal for the Blackhawks in their 2-1 triumph in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Lightning on Wednesday night.

We are witnessing the birth of a star at just 22 years old. As ESPN’s Craig Custance pointed out, Saad had one goal in his first playoffs, six last year and eight this season. Saad's winner came at 6:22 of the third period. He also has 10 points in 21 games this time around. Jonathan Toews got the other goal, his first in the Stanley Cup Final and 10th in the playoffs. Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane got the assists. With the series tied at two, Game 5 shifts back to Tampa Bay.
Jun 10 - 11:06 PM

Brandon Saad found the back of the net in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It was Saad's first goal of the Stanley Cup Final, but he has scored in three of his last five games. That puts him up to seven goals and nine points in 20 playoff contests.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 9 - 9:47 AM

Brandon Saad skated with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

He opened the scoring in the second period with his fifth goal of the playoffs. "Those two players by themselves are so great and dominant that when you put them together it's a pretty dynamic duo," Saad said. "I had a lot of fun playing with them, so I'm just happy to be here. Those two led the way." He has seven points in 16 postseason matches this year.
May 28 - 11:25 AM

Brandon Saad scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 5-4 double-overtime win over Anaheim in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final.

Saad opened the scoring late in the first period when he beat Frederik Andersen with a shorthanded goal. The 22-year-old also picked up an assist on each of Chicago's first two third period goals, which were scored by Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook. He finished the game with a plus-3 rating, three shots on goal and two hits in just over 24 minutes of ice time. Saad now has four goals and two assists this postseason.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 24 - 10:21 AM

Brandon Saad considers Game 4 on Saturday to be a "must win."

"We let one slip away last night so we have a big one coming up," Saad added. Chicago suffered a 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Thuesday after squeaking ahead with a triple-overtime victory in Game 2. The Blackhawks will certainly have their work ahead of them if they drop Game 4, but they're talented enough and have done well enough in this series to make it hard to dismiss them even if Anaheim takes a 3-1 series lead.
May 22 - 3:02 PM

Brandon Saad kicked Game One against the Minnesota Wild with a beautiful goal just 75 seconds in on Friday night. Chicago would go on to win the game 4-3 and now leads the series 1-0.

Saad took a Marian Hossa lead pass by the benches and both out-muscled then walked around Minnesota's Ryan Suter before putting one under the bar. Saad now has three goals through seven games this postseason.
May 2 - 1:28 AM

Brandon Saad scored for a second straight game in Tuesday's 3-2 triple overtime win over Nashville.

He forced the game into a marathon by posting the game-tying goal at the 11:03 mark of the third. Saad didn't have a point in the first two games of the series.
Apr 22 - 10:39 AM

Brandon Saad got his first goal of the playoffs on Sunday and it held up as the game winner a 4-2 triumph over Nashville.

It was also his first point of the series after he had five shots and an even plus-minus rating in his previous two outings against the Predators. Saad recorded 23 goals and 52 points in 82 games during the regular season.
Apr 20 - 12:55 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Brandon Dubinsky
3Gregory Campbell
LW1Scott Hartnell
2Nick Foligno
3Brandon Saad
4Matt Calvert
5Jack Skille
6Boone Jenner
RW1Cam Atkinson
2Alexander Wennberg
3Jared Boll
4David Clarkson
5Rene Bourque
D1Jack Johnson
2Fedor Tyutin
3Ryan Murray
4David Savard
5Kevin Connauton
6Justin Falk
7Cody Goloubef
8Dalton Prout
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney