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Saad Wants to Sign Extension with Avalanche, But Is There Room?

Brandon Saad says he’d like to sign an extension with the Colorado Avalanche, but does the team have room to keep him after this season?

Sometimes winning (or the perception of being able to win) is what matters most to an NHL player. That certainly seems to be the case for forward Brandon Saad who has stated he’s already hoping to sign an extension with the Colorado Avalanche even though he’s not played a single game for the team yet.

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Saad was traded to Colorado this offseason in a cap-saving and rebuilding move for the Chicago Blackhawks. It was also a trade that most assumed was meant to help the Avs stock up in 2020-21 to make a big push towards the Stanley Cup. Saad will be an important piece of the team’s top-six as he has one season left on a deal that pays him $5 million and he’s playing for a new deal in a flat cap NHL offseason.

But, Saad already knows he’d like to extend his deal with the team that just acquired him. He told NHL.com and the “NHL@TheRink” Podcast that he’d like to sign an extension with the Avs organization. He said:

We haven’t had any discussions, I think it’s a bit early, especially with not really knowing what’s going on with the season and all that, but for me, thinking about it, Colorado has always been in my top because I want to win again. So to be in a great spot like that, on a great team, and then you hear wonders about the city, so really, it seems like a great place where I want to play for a long time. 

That’s great news for the Avalanche who now know they have a player who is completely bought in to helping the team before he’s taken the ice or even spent time in the city or with his new teammates.

There’s One Small Problem For Saad

The issue isn’t necessarily whether or not the Avalanche would like to keep him. It’s whether or not they can afford to. Money is going to be the biggest obstacle to a Saad extension and it’s hard to envision who the Avs would have room.

Brandon Saad 1
Brandon Saad 1

At the top of GM Joe Sakic’s to-do list are some hefty contracts. In two seasons, Nathan McKinnon is going to need a new deal and there are some who would rank him in the top three of all players in the NHL. Not only that, but forward Gabriel Landeskog and star-in-the-making defenseman Cale Makar will need new deals at the end of this season.

If Saad wants to find a way to fit in under the restrictions of the Avs and what will be a massive jump in pay for some key players, he might have to be ready to settle for a lot less than the $5 million he’s making now.

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