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Brandon Saad signs six-year, $36M deal with Blue Jackets

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:39:37 +0000

Cesar Tordesillas - 4E Sports Contributor

Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) - Brandon Saad inked a six-year contract reportedly worth $36 million with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Saad was traded along with defenseman Michael Paliotta and center Alex Broadhurst to the Blue Jackets after helping the Blackhawks win a second Stanley Cup in three seasons.

In turn, the Blue Jackets sent forwards Artem Anisimov , Marko Dano , Corey Tropp and Jeremy Morin, and a fourth-round pick in 2016 to the Blackhawks.

Saad had 52 goals and 74 assists with 44 penalty minutes and a plus-44 rating in 208 NHL games. He had 15 goals and 19 assists in 67 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said he envisions Saad playing on a line with all-star center Ryan Johansen , although that will be up to coach Todd Richards.

Saad's experiences in deep playoff runs and in winning two Stanley Cups can provide the needed boost to the Blue Jackets, who missed two of the past three postseasons .

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