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Brandon Saad Signs Five-Year $22.5M Deal with Blues

Brandon Saad has agreed to sign with the St. Louis Blues on a five-year contract worth $22.5 million. He’ll be 32 at the end of his deal.

The St. Louis Blues have reached an agreement with forward Brandon Saad to sign with the team on the second day of NHL free agency. The Blues offered Saad a five-year deal worth $22.5 million. This is a good pick up by the Blues and while it might not represent the best value in years four and five of the contract, Saad has been a steady producer and this deal will only take him to the age of 32.

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Other teams were in the mix on Saad which is why it likely cost the Blues the five-year term. The New Jersey Devils reportedly made a strong push for the winger, as did the Carolina Hurricanes. Ultimately, he chose the Blues which is good news for the team after losing a few key pieces like Jaden Schwartz and Mike Hoffman. St. Louis is likely to move on from Vladimir Tarasenko as well and that means Saad will get elevated minutes.

The terms of the deal are $4.5M in Year 1, $4.5M in Year 2, $5.5M in Year 3 , $4.375M in Year 4, and $3,625M in Year 5. The deal includes a full no-trade for the first four seasons, then a limited no-trade in the final season.

Saad is a strong offensive option and top-six winger. He scored 24 points in 44 games for the Colorado Avalanche this past season. He’s broken the 50-point marker multiple times throughout his decade-long career.

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Saad is also a NHL veteran and a welcome leader. With 632 regular-season games under his belt, plus 91 playoff games, and he’s won two Stanley Cups as part of the Chicago Blackhawks, he’ll be a good team add. If nothing else, he’s consistent and the Blues know what they’re getting.

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