Saad & Forsberg from Columbus for Panarin & Motte

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Saad & Forsberg from Columbus for Panarin & Motte

Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:21 pm

Blackhawks acquire Saad, Forsberg from Columbus for Panarin, Motte
The Chicago Blackhawks today acquired forward Brandon Saad, goaltender Anton Forsberg and a fifth-round draft pick in 2018 from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forwards Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte and Chicago's sixth round (170th overall) draft pick in 2017. Saad returns to the Blackhawks where he was a two-time Stanley Cup winner with Chicago, winning in 2013 and 2015.

"We thank Artemi for the immediate impact he made on our lineup during his seamless transition to the NHL," said Chicago Blackhawks Senior Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman. "His rookie year will always rank among the best in franchise history and his exciting style of play provided many memorable moments for our fans during his two seasons as a member of the team. Tyler has a bright future in this league and we appreciate his contributions and hard work he put in. We wish them both success in Columbus."

Saad, 24, recently completed his sixth season in the National Hockey League after having spent the last two seasons with Columbus. Last season, the forward appeared in all 82 games, tallying 24 goals and 29 assists. His points and goals ranked third on the Blue Jackets during the 2016-17 season and he tied a career-high in assists (2014-15). It marked the second time in his career that he appeared in 82 games (2014-15). He also had 53 points (31G, 22A) during the 2015-16 season-his first with Columbus-including a career-high 31 goals to lead the team in that category.

The native of Pittsburgh played his first four NHL seasons with Chicago. During those first four seasons, he totaled 52 goals and 74 assists in 208 games. He has appeared in 72 career Stanley Cup Playoffs games between Columbus and Chicago, posting 16 goals and 21 assists. He appeared in all 23 Blackhawks postseason games en route to winning the Stanley Cup championship at 2013 and 2015.

Saad was originally selected by Chicago in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He appeared in three games with Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Forsberg, 24, has split the last three seasons between Columbus and their American Hockey League affiliates in Cleveland-where he was a member of the 2016 Calder Cup champion Lake Erie Monsters-and Springfield. He has a career NHL record of 1-8-0 and in 10 games alongside a 4.02 GAA and .879 save percentage and made one start with Columbus in 2016-17.
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Re: Saad & Forsberg from Columbus for Panarin & Motte

Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:51 pm

I love this. Bread is excellent but he's a poor fit for a team that is struggling with defense and size. Happy to have Saad back. Wish they never dealt him in the first place.
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Re: Saad & Forsberg from Columbus for Panarin & Motte

Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:25 pm

They lose a little offensively, but Saad has proven he can play both ways. Basically same $ but Panarin will command more $ in two years. Saad has 4 yrs remaining on his deal.

Wouldn't be surprised to see more moves.

Not sure about Forsberg, barely seems avg.

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