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.
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