The Chicago Blackhawks have reportedly traded forward Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a seven-player deal.
Chicago has also traded defenseman Mike Paliotta and forward Alex Broadhurst.
CHI traded Saad because he was looking for 6 yrs with AAV of $6.5M. May have been an offer sheet coming tomorrow from a team with those #s.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 30, 2015
Coming back to Chicago in the deal are forwards Artem Anisimov, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp, center Marko Dano and a fourth round pick.
Anisimov, 27, had 27 points in 51 games for the Jackets last year. He has one year remaining on a contract with a $3,283,333 cap hit.
Morin, 24, was traded to Columbus by the Blackhawks last season for defensman Tim Erixon. He carries a $800,000 cap hit for the 2015-16 season.
Tropp, 25, had eight points in 61 games for the Jackets last season. He has one year remaining on a contract with a $625,000 cap hit.
Dano, 20, posted eight goals and 13 assists in 35 games in his first NHL campaign with Columbus last year. He was the 27th overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. His cap hit for the next two years is $925,000.