Brandon Saad Could Be A Very Expensive Healthy Scratch For Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad could be a healthy scratch for Thursday's contest with the Arizona Coyotes, as the 25-year-old tries to fight through a frustrating start to the season.

Saad, who has just two assists in five games, was seen wearing a white jersey in Monday's practice, according to Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago. That's a sign that he'll be a healthy scratch for Thursday's contest.

"I don't think anyone wants to be wearing white around here," Saaid said, per Roumeliotis. "But it is what it is and there's nothing you can do but keep trying to improve. It's their job to make the call to put the best team out there to win hockey games."

Saad carries a $6 million cap hit for three more seasons, per CapFriendly. He had 18 goals and 35 points last season - a far cry from the 24 goals and 53 points he posted the year prior with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The cap-strapped Blackhawks have no choice but to really try and help Saad find his scoring touch again. His contract is virtually unmovable, and there aren't any top-flight prospects that can step in and replace Saad any time soon.


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Saad was part of the Chicago teams that won the Stanley Cup 2013 and 2015. But after pricing himself out of the Windy City, Saad was sent to the Blue Jackets in a blockbuster trade, with Artem Anisimov coming over to Chicago.

After two years in Columbus, Chicago re-acquired Saad, goalie Anton Forsberg and a fifth-round pick in exchange for sniper Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte and a sixth-round pick. Panarin had 82 points for Columbus last season and led them to the postseason, so this trade looks extremely one-sided right now.


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