Saad traded to Avalanche by Blackhawks for Zadorov


Brandon Saad was traded to the Colorado Avalanche by the Chicago Blackhawks for Nikita Zadorov and Anton Lindholm on Saturday.

Chicago also sent defenseman Dennis Gilbert to Colorado as part of the trade. The Blackhawks will retain $1 million of Saad’s $6 million salary this season.

Saad scored 33 points (21 goals, 12 assists) in 58 regular-season games with Chicago last season and five points (two goals, three assists) in nine postseason games. The 27-year-old forward has scored at least 20 goals in five of the past six seasons, including an NHL career-high 31 with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2015-16.

Saad has one season remaining on a six-year, $36 million contract he signed with the Blue Jackets on July 3, 2015.


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Zadorov, who is a restricted free agent, scored 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 64 regular-season games with Colorado last season and five points (three goals, two assists) in 15 postseason games. The 25-year-old defenseman ranked seventh in the NHL among defensemen with 175 hits.

Lindholm, a 25-year-old defenseman, had one assist in four NHL games this season and scored three points (one goal, two assists) in 45 games with Colorado of the American Hockey League.

Gilbert, a 23-year-old defenseman, scored three points (one goal, two assists) in 21 NHL games last season as a rookie and seven points (one goal, six assists) in 30 games with Rockford of the AHL.

Selected by the Blackhawks in the second round (No. 43) of the 2011 NHL Draft, Saad has scored 347 points (169 goals, 178 assists) in 588 regular-season games with Chicago and Columbus, and 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists) in 81 postseason games.

Zadorov was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round (No. 16) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He has scored 75 points (22 goals, 53 assists) in 356 regular-season games with the Sabres and Avalanche, and eight points (four goals, four assists) in 33 postseason games.

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