Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/20/14
Brandon Saad would’ve loved to have his own Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane contract moment this summer. No, we’re not talking in terms of massive money; the Blackhawks forward hasn’t gotten to that point yet. But much like Toews and Kane, he could have signed a new extension this summer. That didn’t happen, but Saad’s hardly worried about it. He has plenty of time to get a deal done, and he would certainly love to stay in the Blackhawks fold. “Obviously it would be nice to get it done and have that out of the way, I guess, instead of focusing it on the year. But if it doesn’t happen there’s not much you can do. You play the season,” Saad said. “Hopefully it happens during the year and, if not, next summer. So we still have quite a bit of time to get it done, and we’ll see when it happens.” Saad is a restricted free agent with one season remaining on his current deal. That pays him $832,000, and he’ll certainly get a sizeable raise on his next deal. Entering the 2015-16 season, when Toews and Kane’s extensions kick in, the Blackhawks have $65 million committed to 15 players. [MORE BLACKHAWKS: Pat Foley: 'Still hard to wrap my head around' Hall of Fame honor] General manager Stan Bowman has stated several times how important Saad is to this team. Saad’s name was rumored to be one other teams coveted in pre-draft trade talks; Bowman said there was no way the Blackhawks would be parting with Saad, who he sees as a big part of the team’s future. Bowman said Friday that keeping Saad here is still on this to-do list. But right now, “it’s been a busy time for us.”
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