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Blackhawks: 5 Notes for Jeremy Colliton and Stan Bowman

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Jeremy Colliton of the Chicago Blackhawks speaks to the media after his first game, a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, at the United Center on November 8, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Hurricanes defeated the Blackhawks 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Jeremy Colliton of the Chicago Blackhawks speaks to the media after his first game, a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, at the United Center on November 8, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Hurricanes defeated the Blackhawks 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Blackhawks, Brandon Saad
Brandon Saad, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

3 Brandon Saad is not going to be an issue

The Chicago Blackhawks might have a salary cap crunch in a year or two, but Brandon Saad is not going to be the issue. Brandon Saad is currently on a 6 million dollar contract, and there is no way he is going to be asking for a raise when that contract is up.

I know that Stan Bowman is going to be very reluctant to keep Saad around going into this January or February. Bowman is going to see a former Stanley Cup Champion on an expiring deal, and he is going to test the market on that type of asset. However, I think that Bowman has the chips to keep Saad in Chicago.

Hockey is a business, and when Saad signed that original 6 million dollar contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, it was for an elite player who could play on your starting line every night. Now Saad is a top-nine player still with the same skill set, just not getting the same type of ice time.

Saad was coming off winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons when he signed for 6 million. His stock is not that high to be demanding a raise or even make the same amount again.

I hope Stan Bowman offers Saad a contract to keep him in Chicago, I just hope it isn’t a ridiculous amount of money.

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