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Saad isn’t stressed about contract talks with Chicago

Jul 19, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

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As much as the near-league-wide jealousy of the Chicago Blackhawks come from watching elite talents like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith, there’s also that contingent that winces at the fact that they have up-and-comers like Brandon Saad commanding less than an $800K cap hit.

Of course, Saad faces a golden opportunity to make much more than that. His current deal expires after the 2014-15 season. While that uncertainty could stand as stressful, he seems pretty easy-going about it, at least if he’s being honest to CSNChicago.com.

“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 will turn 22 early next season (Oct. 27), so he’ll be a restricted free agent for some time, limiting some of his leverage as far as this next contract is concerned.

Even so, he could really drive up his value with a strong 2014-15 campaign. Saad scored 19 goals and 47 points in 78 games last season and was even more impressive in the postseason, collecting 16 points in 19 playoff games. If he can stick on a line with Patrick Kane – certainly a possibility after all the promise seen with a combo alongside Andrew Shaw – he could really enjoy a breakthrough year.

Really, Saad might be wise to play through the season. After all, even Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman admitted that “we haven’t seen the best” of what he could do.

Bowman must have conflicting feelings about this situation. Watching Saad progress could be a thrill, yet with dual $10.5 million cap hits kicking in for Kane and Toews beginning in 2015-16, a big hike from Saad may really smart.

Then again, maybe it’s best just to follow Saad’s lead: “All that stuff will take care of itself.”

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    While he shows huge promise, it would be unusual to extend an RFA a year in advance, ESPECIALLY with the major cap uncertainty of the “dynamic duo” signing against an unkown cap for the following season.

    Ya know, VERY few 21 yo’s make 800k, doing what they really want to do.

  2. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    He might not be stressed out about it but he’s probably SAAD tho

    • lowenni - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      Hahhahaahahahahahhahhahah SO FUNNY I’VE NEVER HEARD THAT ONE GET IT “SAAD” LIKE “SAD” WHOA.

      I bet you make “Oh do ya” jokes about Oduya as well…

      • billiam55 - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        ………hawkward

  3. lowenni - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Gonna be a star in this league. Hockey IQ, skating, skill, and size. He’s the complete package. He’s obviously not stressed about it now seeing as he has another year on his contract left, and if I were Bowman I would try and extend him early in the season as opposed to next summer, cause a whole season of playing on a 2nd line with Brad Richards and Patrick Kane could make his value skyrocket if he puts up 30 goals and 30 assists or so. Either way, Bowman should get this guy locked up long term, he makes losing either Patrick Sharp or Marian Hossa one day that much easier.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    I have the SOLUTION!!!!! Cap needs to be 78m next year, with the Hawks having a 1 month heads up.

  5. blomfeld - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    “near-league-wide jealousy” … ?

    Speak for yourself O’Brien, as I can ‘assure’ you that we SC Champion LA Kings couldn’t give a rat’s ass about what these queens do with their finances ! Nor sir, because the fact is that ‘we’ defeated these people with ‘conviction, aplomb and providence’ this year, thus atoning for the ‘injustice’ of 2013 (ie: thanks to the ‘traitor’ Mitchell absconding from his duties, the various ‘legitimate’ injuries throughout our ranks and then having to engage the Saint Louis Blues ‘Planet of the Apes’ prior). So in the upcoming 2014-15 season, look for the Chicago Blackhawks to ‘struggle’ trying to secure a playoff spot, while we LA Kings ‘romp’ to the 1st seed in the WC, much like our ‘glorious’ NJ Devil brothers will do in the EC ! :) :) :)

    GO KINGS !!! … GO DEVILS !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Martin Jones
    3) Cory Schneider :)

    1254) Roberto Luongo
    1255) David Cassidy
    1256) Henrik Lundqvist
    1257) Wayne Newton

    • pone27 - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      What in all things is wrong with you?

  6. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Some ppl in this world can’t take a joke without being a complete asshole about it. Yeah I know the joke was really not well thought up of, congrats to you that you’ve pointed it out

  7. bucfanforlife - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    hey bloom the apes do eventually conquer and by the way if you give the blues quick and you take our goalies you would lose both series

  8. blomfeld - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    *** at the people’s court earlier today ***
    **********************************************

    Blomfeld: witness, would you kindly repeat that statement for the court please …

    Bucfan: sure … “if you give the blues quick and you take our goalies you would lose both series”

    Blomfeld: and what ‘exactly’ are you inferring with that statement witness ?

    Bucfan: well of course, that Jonathan Quick is the ‘best’ in the business ! :)

    Blomfeld: thank you witness, you may step down …

    Bucfan: you’re very welcome ! :)

    Judge: would Counsel for the Truth like to call upon any further witnesses ?

    Blomfeld: not at this time your honor

    Judge: very well then … the court deems Jonathan Quick to be the greatest goalie in the land …

    Gallery: Hurray !!! … Hurray !!! … Hurray !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)

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