Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Entries with the tag: brandon saad

Brandon Saad For Artemi Panarin Looks Like It Is Happening

Shake-up!

 

added 12:24pm,

 

added 12:29pm,

 

added 12:47pm, Columbus release is below...

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+saad

Morning Line- Brandon Saad

For now, we’re hot — and we want to keep it that way.

We’re flying under the radar, even in our own city. Ohio State still dominates the headlines, and understandably so — the Buckeyes are a great team and playoff bound — but you can tell that people here are starting to take notice of what we’re doing.

So, can a city be a football town and a hockey town?

Just watch.

-Brandon Saad of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Much more from Saad at The Players' Tribune.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+saad

Saad returns to Chicago

From the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc:

An update from his agent sent Brandon Saad's mind racing on the night of June 29.

Negotiations between the restricted free agent and the Blackhawks had stalled earlier that day and one of the most talented young players in the NHL was at home coming to grips with a new reality: Saad was about to become another in a long line of Hawks salary-cap casualties.

"You go through different scenarios," Saad said. "You really don't know where you're going or if it's really going to happen. It's a feeling … I for the first time went through and it's not fun."

The next day Saad got the word: He was no longer a Blackhawk. He had been traded to the Blue Jackets. Suddenly, one of the building blocks of the Hawks' future was sent packing in the most surprising move of the summer.

"You never think it's going to be you until it actually happens," said Saad, who will face his former Hawks teammates for the first time when the Blue Jackets visit the United Center on Saturday night. "Going back and forth with numbers, years (and) things like that, we didn't see eye to eye so at the end of the day it had to be done."

Continued

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+saad, chicago+blackhawks, columbus+blue+jackets

Custance: Ryan Murray, not Sergei Bobrovsky, is the Blue Jackets’ ‘most important player’

ESPN's Craig Custance continues his survey of the NHL's 30 teams' "best players" by examining the Columbus Blue Jackets' franchise player today:

Blue Jackets' Most Important Player: Ryan Murray, Defenseman

It’s no secret that the Columbus Blue Jackets will likely be toast if goalie Sergei Bobrovsky isn’t healthy all season and playing to his high standard. So let’s get that out of the way first.

Assuming Bobrovsky reaches those expectations, the ceiling for this Blue Jackets team is excitingly high for a franchise that is still looking for its first playoff series win. The development and health of defenseman Ryan Murray will dictate just how high that ceiling is this season.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen has built the forward group into one of the deepest in the East, with the addition of Brandon Saad making a solid group potentially great. He inherited a franchise goalie in Bobrovsky from former GM Scott Howson.

The defense? Well, that’s a work in progress. As it stands, the bluelines of division rivals New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals are deeper and more talented. Even landing one of the veteran free agent defensemen stragglers won’t change that.

Custance continues...

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+saad, jarmo+kekalainen, ryan+murray, sergei+bobrovsky

Blue Jackets’ Foligno feels upgrades = return-to-playoffs organizational mentality

Via the Score's Craig Hagerman, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno weighed in on his team's recent trades as an organizational show of force, discussing the trades for Brandon Saad and signing of Gregory Campbell with Sportsnet's Luke Fox:

In a cap-relief transaction, [Blackhawks GM Stan] Bowman dealt away the most talented young forward no one knew was available in a seven-piece move that saw Columbus give up forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp.

But there's no debate which team landed the best player. Columbus wasted no time locking up Saad, a restricted free agent, for six years, leaving a small-market dressing room positively giddy.

“I was really, really happy. The organization is making a statement about what type of team we want to be, how serious we are about winning. You bring in a player like Brandon Saad, who’s won two Cups already, it’s a big statement," captain Nick Foligno told us this week at the Smile Zone Foundation golf tournament in Milton, Ont.

"It’s sad because you lose a few friends, but it’s a huge pickup for us. He’s an unbelievable talent, and a young player at that. You’ll get a lot great years out of a player like him. Another guy—they bring in [former Boston Bruins centre] Gregory Campbell, who’s already won a Cup. They’re really pushing for us to become the team we know we can be.”

Fox and Foligno continue...

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+saad, chicago+blackhawks, columbus+blue+jackets, gregory+campbell, nick+foligno, stan+bowman

Salary cap chatter spills into Blackhawks fan convention

The Blackhawks are holding their annual fan convention this weekend, and ahead of the event, Hawks GM Stan Bowman spoke with NHL.com's Brian Hedger regarding the state of his capped-out team...

"We've had a lot of discussions," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Friday at the Hilton Chicago prior to the start of their annual fan convention. "I think we have some ideas of what we're going to do. We've got a couple different scenarios that we are planning on doing and ultimately, which one we'll land on … in time that will come to be.

"There's been a lot of work preparing for this. Nothing's come up and surprised us, and it's only the second week of July. As a result, we're still working on it."

Bowman said bonus overages from last season, which carry over to this season's cap charges, amount to about $750,000. That makes the squeeze even tighter and the possibility of additional trades more likely.

And Joel Quenneville and Jonathan Toews spoke with the Associated Press regarding the Hawks' cap crunch:

Continue Reading »

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+saad, joel+quenneville, johnny+oduya, jonathan+toews, patrick+sharp, stan+bowman, trevor+daley

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.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+saad

To The Defense Of Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

... after I read Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Rosenbloom’s piece entitled, “It’s my theory on the Blackhawks trading Brandon Saad, and I’m sticking to it.”

Rosenbloom writes:

I could be wrong, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman consigned the young, talented, money-hunting winger to one of the NHL’s maximum security prisons.

Rosenbloom’s subject is the blockbuster trade consummated on Tuesday, when the Blackhawks swapped Saad — a 22-year-old burgeoning star — and two prospects to the Blue Jackets for Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a fourth-round draft pick.

Rosenbloom writes: 

Again, I could be wrong, but Bowman not only changed on the fly when Saad’s side reportedly demanded $6 million a year, but he also seemed to send a message to other players who want to take a hard stance in negotiations. You can collect your jackpot in hockey’s hinterlands.

Such moves aren’t new in the NHL — all sports, actually. Teams have tried to punish players this way for years.

It’s why Buffalo, Winnipeg and Edmonton have existed in the NHL. It’s why Oakland and Jacksonville exist in the NFL. It’s why Sacramento and Philadelphia exist in the NBA. It’s why Cleveland exists, period....

... I was unaware that Chicagoans could be so arrogant. 

Rosenbloom is punching down — which can be done, if one so chooses — from the City of Broad Shoulders. I love Columbus, where I have been content to raise a family. So, punch me. It has nothing to do with anything.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+saad

A Six-Year Extension For Brandon Saad In Columbus

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Brandon Saad to a six-year contract through the 2020-21 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.  Saad was acquired by Columbus from the Chicago Blackhawks along with center Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta on Tuesday.

Saad, 22, has posted 52 goals and 74 assists for 126 points with 44 penalty minutes and a +44 plus/minus rating in 208 career NHL games and added 15-19-34, 16 penalty minutes and is +16 in 67 career playoff games, helping Chicago win a pair of Stanley Cup championships in 2013 and 2015.

“Adding a player of Brandon's caliber is exciting for the Columbus Blue Jackets organization and our fans and we are extremely pleased to have reached this long-term commitment that assures he will be an important part of our team for years to come," said Kekalainen.

added 2:42pm,

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+saad

Brandon Saad Traded To Columbus

 

 

added 5:16pm,

 

added 5:21pm, Columbus release is below...

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+saad

Hawks preparing for salary cap ‘hell to break loose’

From the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc:

As the Stanley Cup was being hoisted just a few feet away after the Blackhawks' victory over the Lightning in Game 6, one player stood on the ice at the United Center and matter-of-factly said, "all hell is going to break loose soon."

He wasn't referring to the raucous celebration that has been ongoing since the Hawks won their third Cup in six seasons, but the roster turnover that is looming because of salary-cap issues.

The Hawks have been through this before, jettisoning half the roster after winning their first Cup in 49 years in 2010. The damage wasn't as significant after the 2013 championship, but change is inevitable and it doesn't take a math whiz to understand why.

Including three goaltenders, one of whom won't be on the opening-night roster — most likely Antti Raanta — and excluding restricted free agents Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger, the Hawks have 15 players signed for next season with cap hits totaling roughly $65 million. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said recently that the cap for next season, expected to be announced this week, will come in around $71 million.

"I guess everyone wants to know if it's a good number or a bad number," Hawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "Obviously, if it were $80 million it would be easier for us. If it's going to be $70 (million) or 71, whatever it will be, we'll make it work. If it comes in at 69.5 or 71.5, that could be the difference between what we decide to do."

Continued

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+saad, chicago+blackhawks, marcus+kruger, salary+cap, stan+bowman

What To Pay Brandon Saad

from Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Brandon Saad is going to be back. He’s going to get paid. The only question is how much.

A two-time Stanley Cup champion at 22 — not even Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane accomplished that feat — the 6-1, 204-pound Saad took another giant step forward on a career arc that seems destined for elite status as an NHL power forward in this year’s postseason.

Saad scored 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in 23 games. He scored the game-winning goal in a critical Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final as the Hawks avoided falling into a 3-1 hole. The Hawks were 7-1 when he scored a goal.

But like Marian Hossa, Saad’s contributions go far beyond the numbers. His strength with the puck, his defensive ability, his speed and his aggressiveness in utilizing that speed combine to give Saad a Hossa-like value that makes the Hawks the championship team they are.

Now comes the hard part. Saad will be a free agent in the offseason. Hawks general manager Stan Bowman has made it clear publicly that the Hawks are going to re-sign him. But even if other teams can’t sign Saad, they’re sure to do all they can to drive the price up and put an even bigger dent in the Hawks’ 2015-16 salary cap.

With the hard cap in the NHL, it’s a familiar quandary for key players on a championship team like the Hawks. The more they get paid, the less money there is for the supporting cast. It’s a delicate balance for players who know they only have a finite amount of years to make big money, yet appreciate being part of a championship team.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+saad

Saad the difference-maker again as Blackhawks tie Stanley Cup Final at 2 games apiece

The Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning was an utterly bizarre one. After a first period that was so dull that it couldn't slice melted butter, the pace and intensity of play ramped up to a feverish pitch in the 2nd and an overtime-like pace in the 3rd period, and as Chiago raced out to 1-0 and 2-1 leads on surprise starter Andrei Vasilevsky, Tampa Bay roared back with incredibly, incredibly energetic play...

But the visibly-fatigued Blackhawks defended like a team knowing it might be out of the series if it went down 3 games to 1--even with a 2-day break before Saturday's Game 5--and as a result, the series heads back to Tampa Bay tied at 2 games apiece, with the Hawks having rope-a-doped their way to victory.

Brandon Saads goal--and Andrei Vasilevskiy's overreaction on the cross-crease play that led to his legs opening for said goal--sealed the deal:

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+saad, chicago+blackhawks, tampa+bay+lightning

Simmons talks Leafs GM and Hawks/Bolts’ cap management

Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday notes:

Word is that Mike Babcock is pushing for [Mark] Hunter to be named general manager of the Leafs. Brendan Shanahan would be wise to look elsewhere. Shanahan needs Hunter to find players. A general manager won’t be able to spend the kind of time scouting that the Leafs require to properly rebuild. Hunter may want the job but the practicality of it doesn’t make sense...

Those who say this is the last shot for the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t really paying attention. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith — the best 1-2-3 in hockey — are signed through 2023. Corey Crawford is signed until 2020. Marian Hossa is signed through 2021. Niklas Hjarmalsson is signed until 2019. So if you lose a Patrick Sharp here, a Brad Richards there and sign Johnny Oduya, Brandon Saad and Brent Seabrook to new deals, there’s no reason this kind of success can’t continue for several more years...

Two more things on Keith: 1) His cap hit is $5.5 million, making his contract one of the best in hockey. By comparison, the Dion Phaneuf contract looks ridiculous. 2) Should the Blackhawks win Saturday night, Keith may be the leading candidate to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, but he’s not a Norris Trophy finalist. For the record, he was on my ballot, ahead of both P.K. Subban and Erik Karlsson, who are up for the award.

...

If Steve Yzerman can juggle the salary cap prudently, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be Stanley Cup contenders for years. Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn are all 25 and under. And figuring they pick up some assets for the disappointing Jonathan Drouin, that should make them even stronger...

When Brian Lawton tried to acquire defenceman Tomas Kaberle when he was general manager in Tampa, the Leafs first asked for college kid Alex Killorn. That conversation didn’t last long.

Simmons continues, discussing the usual potpourri of sports topics...

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alex+killorn, brad+richards, brandon+saad, brendan+shanahan, brent+seabrook, chicago+blackhawks, dion+phaneuf, duncan+keith, erik+karlsson, johnny+oduya, jonathan+toews, marian+hossa, mark+hunter, mike+babcock, nikita+kucherov, niklas+hjalmarsson, ondrej+palat, patrick+kane, pk+subban, pk+subban, steve+yzerman, steven+stamkos, tampa+bay+lightning, toronto+maple+leafs, victor+hedman

Video- Brandon Saad’s Short-Handed Goal Tonight

Not sure why ref Chris Rooney was where he was....

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+saad

Predators lose Weber to ankle injury

From ESPN's Scott Powers:

Predators defenseman Shea Weber left Game 2 of the team's Western Conference first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks with a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return, Nashville announced.

Weber left the game after he was checked into the boards by the Blackhawks' Brandon Saad at 10:49 of the second period. The Predators captain fell to the ice, was slow to get up and skated to his team's bench. He played 16 shifts and 13:25 of ice time before leaving. He had an assist on a goal in the first period. The Predators went on to win 6-2.

Here's the incident from We All Bleed Redd:

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brandon+saad, chicago+blackhawks, nashville+predators, shea+weber

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts