Blues sign Brandon Saad to five-year, $22.5M deal
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Blues sign veteran forward Brandon Saad to five-year, $22.5M deal

The St. Louis Blues snagged headlines in the second day of NHL free agency madness, signing winger Brandon Saad to a five-year contract worth $22.5 million, per SportsNet.

Saad hit free agency after just one season with the Colorado Avalanche in which he registered 24 points (15 goals, nine assists) and 12 penalty minutes through 44 games. He previously played two different stints for the Chicago Blackhawks and a three-season run with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The 28-year-old Pittsburgh, Pa., native was drafted with the 43rd overall pick by Chicago in the 2011 Entry Draft.

The Saad acquisition comes as Blues general manager Doug Armstrong continues trying to move veteran forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who carries a $7.5 million cap hit.

Tarasenko is entering the seventh season of an eight-year contract worth $60 million which includes a no-trade clause that kicked in during the shortened 2019-2020 season.  

The Russian product, who has played his entire career in St. Louis, only played 10 games in the 2019-2020 season due to a lingering shoulder injury. Upon his return in 2021, he registered 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) and posted a minus-7 rating over 24 games.

Chelena Goldman grew up on a street where the boys played street hockey and yelling at baseball and football over the radio was a standard -- making life as a sports geek the perfect fit. She believes in dominance on the blue line, good red wine, and the theory that you can never be too overdressed for any occasion. You can find her gabbing away on Twitter at @ChelenaGoldman.

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