We had so much fun doing our Countdown to Faceoff series last season that we decided to do it again. In case you’re new to the series, we’ll do a roster preview as we count down the days until the Chicago Blackhawks raise their 6th Stanley Cup Banner on October 7th season opener against the New York Rangers.
We have arrived at the number 43 and I know you are thinking to yourself, Brandon Saad only wore #43 for one season and that season was only a few games so why do you talk about him now instead of at 20. Well #43 is pretty weak in Chicago Blackhawks jersey history so no better time than the present to talk about Saad.
It’s actually pretty hard to talk about Saad just yet, because in my eyes I thought he was a cornerstone and a part of the core just outside of Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane. Saad was going to be a player we cheered for the next decade, but as we all know the salary cap and agent demands and what we think reality will be never mix. In the salary cap world, the Blackhawks couldn’t sign Saad to a 6 million dollar deal, and in the end Saad was sent to Columbus.
What Saad did in his few seasons with Chicago is only become a mini Marian Hossa and be a part of 2 Stanley Cup Champions before leaving for greener pastures paved with 6 million dollars. Saad scored some huge goals this Cup run including the game winner in Game #4 of the Stanley Cup Final a game that was in doubt for much of the contest.
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Saad looks to be ready for huge seasons, the question will be was playing with Hall of Famers make him productive or was he productive because of his huge skill set! Either way he’s a former Chicago Blackhawk star and Stanley Cup champion now.
There have been four other players in franchise history to wear #43
Mike Hudson (1989-1990)
Game Winning Goals-3
Milan Tichy (1993)
Tichy played in 13 games in Chicago picking up one lonely assist.
Nathan Dempsey (2003-2004)
Game Winning Goals-3
James Wisniewski (2006-2009)
Now we are down to 43 days in our countdown, How much will you miss Brandon Saad or are you like me and it really won’t settle in until the season kicks off?
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