Blue Jackets acquire Saad from Blackhawks in 7-player swap

Saad won two Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks traded left wing Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday as part of a seven-player deal.

The Blackhawks received forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp along with a 2016 fourth-round draft choice in exchange for Saad, forward Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta.

After totaling a career-high 52 points during the regular season and 11 during Chicago’s Stanley Cup run, the 22-year-old Saad was poised to assume an even larger role next season as the team lost several players due to salary-cap restraints. However, the two sides could not agree on a new contract and the Blackhawks traded him to avoid losing him for nothing via restricted free agency.

Saad is looking for a deal worth approximately $4 million per season and is likely to sign a contract extension with Columbus as part of Tuesday’s trade.