BREAKING: Blackhawks trade Saad, Gilbert to Colorado for Zadorov, Lindholm


Elliotte Friedman announced that the Blackhawks have traded forward Brandon Saad and defenseman Dennis Gilbert to the Colorado Avalanche for defensemen Nikita Zadorov and Anton Lindholm on Saturday. The Blackhawks also retain $1 million of Saad’s 2020–21 salary.

Saad was drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 30, 2015, with defenseman Michael Paliotta and center Alex Broadhurst for forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a fourth round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Saad was re-acquired two seasons later from Columbus in the infamous Artemi Panarin trade on June 23, 2017. Saad has a year remaining on his current contract.

Gilbert is a 2013 third-round draft pick (91st overall) of the Blackhawks and played 21 games with the team this past season.

Coming to the Blackhawks are 25-year-old defenseman Nikita Zadorov and 25-year-old AHL defenseman Anton Lindholm. Zadorov played in 64 games for the Avalanche last season, scoring 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and accruing 65 penalty minutes. Zadorov signed his one-year qualifying offer of $3.2 million just prior to the trade being announced.

Lindholm has played 66 career games with the Avalanche, but has been mostly an AHL-level player. Last season, he played 45 games with the Colorado Eagles and had a paltry three points (one goal, two assists). He carries one more year on his contract with $742,500 owed in salary.

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    Jeff Osborn

    The Elliotte Friedman announced this afternoon that the Blackhawks have traded forward Brandon Saad and defenseman Dennis Gilbert to the Colorado Aval
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    Any idea what Stan is up to?

    Maybe just clearing salary because revenues are going to be down as long as we’re in a global pandemic? That’s a beancounter’s rationale.

    But, would you get more for him at the deadline? And how do you not get a draft pick in return? Especially if you’re retaining salary?

    Seriously, does anyone have a clue what Stan is up to? Why does he still have a job?


    JJ where are you when we need you?!?!

    If you take a step back this trade makes sense because we get a HUGE 25 years old D man.  Right now Hawks have smaller, older players and young, smallish D-men coming up.  Saad was inconsistent and not noticeable on most nights since Hossa retired.

    It just hurts that Stan traded the almost league MVP to get Saad back.

    It will be interesting what Stan does next.

    Under Qs moustache

    Saad and Toews haven’t been the same since Hossa retired. It’s safe to say that Toews benefited more from Hossa than from Saad. Kane loses his wing and Toews gets the wrong winger back for Panarin. Good work Stan.

    Saad might have fetched a later first rounder at the TDL, but the Hawks needed size on the defense NOW, after drafting smallish light weight defenders for several years. Saad only produced when he was on the 3rd line last year and wasn’t pulling his 6M cap hit; so this is a deal more than a salary dump. Hawks net 1M in cap and get a left defender with size. Rockford gets a left defender to replace Gilbert.


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