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Blaming Brandon Saad

from John Dietz of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

If fans want to place blame anywhere, it should be with Saad, who said he allowed his agent to handle all contract negotiations with the Hawks.

Had he been willing to accept a deal in the $5 million range, he'd probably still be a Blackhawk. He'd hear that earsplitting national anthem 41 times a year, be playing in front of a packed house every night and on a team that figures to compete for the Stanley Cup year after year after year.

Instead, he wanted an extra $1 million a year. And that's his right. So now he's playing in Columbus.

Then there's Andrew Desjardins, who signed a two-year deal with the Hawks on Friday for less than he could have made elsewhere. He stayed for the chance to win and because he loves the city and the players in that locker room.

And he played here for less than four months.

"Obviously the desire for players is to win. That's why they play," Bowman said two days after the Hawks eliminated the Lightning in the NHL Final.

"So there's always that point -- what is enough for them and that's something I can't answer. That's always an individual thing.

"But we know that all of our guys that are here, that have been here for a long time, they all sacrificed. And they all took less money than they could have, because they wanted to be part of something special.


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I don’t think toews or Kane took home town discounts. If they signed for $8M/yr, I don’t think this article gets written.  Some players don’t. Wisniewski was very vocal Apr the fact he wanted paid and was somewhat abusive of a team which asked him to take a discount . This dude needs to get over it.

Posted by teldar on 07/05/15 at 09:08 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Talk about a brash attitude from the Chicago writers. Especially since we can only assume he doesn’t know anything about how negotiations went.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/05/15 at 09:30 AM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

And Saad said he was a bit shocked by the move.

Posted by duhduhduh on 07/05/15 at 09:38 AM ET

DocF's avatar

Toes and Kane took all the money.  Saad was not satisfied with leftovers.  Columbus has loyal (misguided, but loyal) fans and should make the playoffs in the upcoming season as he joins a stacked lineup.  No wonder the ignorant Chicago writers are miffed.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 07/05/15 at 11:19 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Blame Stan Bowman for being willing to overpay Toews and Kane from here to eternity, but not anyone else.

Posted by Primis on 07/05/15 at 12:39 PM ET

awould's avatar

Saad is very young, he’s probably looking for a team he can grow into being the guy that doesn’t need to take the discount, like Kane and Toews don’t, while apparently expecting that the rest of the team requires one.

Posted by awould on 07/05/15 at 01:12 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I’m pretty sure it’s standard operating procedure among all players to have their agents handle contract negotiations. That’s what the players pay them to do, right?

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/05/15 at 01:41 PM ET

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