The Saad deals
After the 2015 Stanley Cup championship, Bowman had to make the difficult decision of trading forward Saad and a couple prospects to Columbus as Saad’s rookie deal was expiring and the team could not afford to re-sign him. In return, the ‘Hawks received Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a fourth-round pick.
This move came after the team had already signed Russian star Artemi Panarin to a two-year deal, an important piece who would factor greatly in the success of the Blackhawks after Saad left.
Fast forward to last summer, Bowman traded Panarin to Columbus to bring Saad back to Chicago with the same contract hit as Panarin, but with two extra years on the deal. While there were mixed reviews on the deal, it is interesting to look at the overall deals between Columbus and Chicago.
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What did the ‘Hawks give up: Panarin, a free agent signing from 2015 who had two incredibly strong years in Chicago, but may be out of reach for the ‘Hawks to pay when his new deal expires in two years.
What did the ‘Hawks get in return: Essentially, the Blackhawks got both Anisimov and Saad for Panarin. They received Anisimov in the Saad deal and got Saad back for Panarin, a two-for-one that spanned across two years.
But the original deal does not stop there. Dano was added to a package with a first-round pick to acquire a rental of Andrew Ladd for the 2016 playoff run. Tropp was traded to acquire Tim Jackman and a 2017 seventh-round pick.
The fourth-round pick was swapped for another fourth-round pick, as well as a seventh-round pick. And best of all, Morin was traded to the Maple Leafs to acquire forward Richard Panik.
While you may be a fan who still believes Panarin is the best of this group of players and was not worth trading off, remember how the ‘Hawks even found themselves in the position to reacquire Saad. Due to strong scouting and being able to make a deal to bring Panarin to Chicago in the first place, the team was able to bring a second-line center to the team for a player they would ultimately reacquire for a free agent signing.
Putting all of those trades together in one single deal, the Blackhawks traded Panarin, Morin, Tropp, Dano, a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick to acquire Saad, Anisimov, Panik, a rental of Ladd, a fourth-round pick and two seventh-round picks.