In the wrestling business this would be called a swerve.
In the Chicago sports world it is simply considered unwanted news.
Young, exciting Chicago Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad was thought of to be an essential part of the present and the future of the current Stanley Cup Champions, but this afternoon saw the jaw-dropping news of Saad’s trade to the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of a seven-player deal that brings center Artem Anisimov, center Marko Dano, winger Jeremy Morin, forward Corey Tropp, and a fourth round draft pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft into the Hawks’ fold.
Forward Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta are joining Saad on the one-way trip from Chicago to Columbus.
Coming into this off-season where it was expected the Hawks would have to move some pieces around in order to avoid the wrath of Gary Bettman’s specially built salary crunch, most Hawks followers had the much elder Patrick Sharp being the most notable name on the team’s trading block.
Certainly, the proclaimed “Manchild” would not be sent away despite the obvious need to give him a raise after his earning only $842.5K in 2014. As more details leak out from the doomed contract negotiations Saad had with Hawks general manager Stan Bowman, it looks like the franchise wanted to edge closer to the six-digit base where the talks started then the young star would have liked or than the wider market would have allowed.
With today’s trade, the Hawks allowed themselves to come away with a lot more than they would have should they simply not matched the top offer for the restricted free agent Saad, that would have been a combination of picks in the top 3 rounds of an upcoming NHL draft.
Stay with WARR for more on the Hawks’ increasingly intriguing off-season, including Sidney Brown’s breakdown of this big Saad trade.
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