I hate it.
On Thursday afternoon, Day Two of NHL Free Agency, the St. Louis Blues announced the signing of free-agent forward and former two-time Blackhawks Stanley Cup Champion Brandon Saad to a long-term deal.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) July 29, 2021
Saad’s full deal with the Blues is a five-year, $4.5M AAV contract through the 2025-26 season.
Saad has played 632 NHL games in his nine-year career, tallying 184 goals and 371 points. He was part of the 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup Champion teams with the Blackhawks and has played two separate stints in his career in Chicago, from 2012-15 and then again from 2017-20. He was traded away twice from the Blackhawks, in 2015 to the Columbus Blue Jackets and then last season to the Colorado Avalanche.
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) July 29, 2021
After posting 15 goals and 24 points in 44 regular-season games, and another seven goals and eight points in 10 playoff games last season with the Avalanche, Saad now stays in the Central Division and joins the Blackhawks’ hated rivals on a long-term deal.
Plainly, it’s going to suck to have to play against Saad for the next five years.