Brandon Saad News
The Blackhawks have acquired Brandon Saad, Anton Forsberg and a 2018 5th round pick from the Blue Jackets for Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte and a 2017 6th round pick.
Saad (upper-body) practiced on Saturday; expected to play on Sunday.
Saad (upper-body) skated on Friday; remains day-to-day, not expected to play vs. the Penguins.
Saad skated on Friday morning, but remains day-to-day and will miss his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury. With Saad out, David Clarkson will continue to play a larger role than normal.
Saad (upper-body) will not travel to Philadelphia for Saturday’s game.
Saad left midway through Friday’s win over the Oilers. Following Friday’s contest the Blue Jackets traveled to Philadelphia and Saad did not travel with the team. With Saad out, Rene Bourque is expected to be in the lineup on Saturday.
Saad (illness) will not play on Friday vs. Washington.
Saad will not travel to Washington for Friday’s game against the Capitals. Thankfully for the Blue Jackets, Ryan Johansen will return and replace Brandon Saad in the lineup. Monitor Saad’s status prior to Saturday’s game, at home vs. the Jets.
Saad missed Thursday's practice due to an illness.
Saad missed this afternoon’s practice with an illness. His absence this morning suggests he could miss Friday’s contest, which would be unfortunate because the Blue Jackets will be getting Ryan Johansen back.
The Blue Jackets have signed Brandon Saad to a six-year deal worth $36M.
The Blue Jackets acquired Brandon Saad, Alex Broadhurst and Michael Paliotta from the Blackhawks for Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Corey Tropp, Jeremy Morin and a 2016 4th round pick.
Saad practicing on the Blackhawks fourth line on Wednesday.
Saad, who has just one goal in the first nine games of the season, played just 15:08 on Tuesday and is skating on Chicago's fourth line with Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith this morning. It has been a rough start for the 22-year-old, who's value certainly takes a hit when he is not playing none of the Blackhawks premier players (Toews, Kane, Sharp, Hossa and Richards).
Saad will return to the Blackhawks lineup on Wednesday.
Saad served as a healthy scratch in Sunday's win over the Blues. Head coach Joel Quenneville called the scratch a "coach's decision". Saad has just one assist in his last nine games, so the Hawks were likely giving him the night off to recharge so he is ready to go come playoff time.
Saad will play against the Nashville Predators on Sunday after missing the last three games with an upper-body injury.
Saad hasn't played since suffering an upper-body injury against the Detroit Red Wings on March 16. He is tied for second on the Blackhawks with a plus-29 rating and is sixth on the team with 44 points. He has 19 goals and 25 assists in 68 games this season.
Saad (upper-body) not ready to return on Friday.
Saad will miss his third straight game with an upper-body injury that he suffered on Sunday. With Patrick Kane out, Saad will likely see an expanded role when he returns to the lineup, but that will not be tonight. He remains day-to-day.