Blackhawks trade Brandon Saad to Blue Jackets - – Rockford’s News Leader

Blackhawks trade Brandon Saad to Blue Jackets

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have acquired forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp and a fourth-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forwards Alex Broadhurst and Brandon Saad and defenseman Michael Paliotta.

Anisimov, 27, totaled 27 points (7G, 20A) in 52 games for the Blue Jackets last season. The Yaroslavl, Russia, native has 192 career points (86G, 106A) over 412 career NHL games with Columbus (2012-15) and the New York Rangers (2008-12).

Dano, 20, recorded 21 points (8G, 13A) over 35 games in his first NHL campaign with Columbus and 19 points (11G, 8A) over 39 games with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League last season.

Morin, 24, collected six points (2G, 4A) in 43 games between Columbus and Chicago last season. The Auburn, N.Y., native was acquired via trade on Dec. 14, 2014, in exchange for defenseman Tim Erixon. Morin has 22 points (10G, 12A) in 82 career NHL games and 158 points (81G, 77A) in 208 AHL games, all with the Rockford IceHogs.

Tropp, 25, notched eight points (1G, 7A) in 61 games for the Blue Jackets last season. The Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., native has amassed 27 points (6G, 21A) in 148 career NHL games with Columbus (2013-15) and the Buffalo Sabres (2011-14).

Broadhurst, 22, tallied 14 points (6G, 14A) in 29 games with Rockford last season. The Orland Park, Ill., native has 59 points (22G, 37A) in 104 career AHL games. He was drafted in the seventh round (199th overall) by Chicago in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Saad, 22, recorded career-highs in goals (23), assists (29), points (52) and time on ice (17:15) in all 82 regular-season games with Chicago last season. He ranked third on the team in goals, fourth in points and fifth in assists; he was one of four Blackhawks to skate in all 82 games. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native added 11 points, including a career-best eight goals, in 23 postseason games with the Blackhawks en route to his second Stanley Cup championship (2013 and 2015). Saad, originally selected by Chicago in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft, has totaled 126 points (52G, 74A) in 208 career NHL games, all with the Blackhawks.

Paliotta, 22, registered an assist in his lone NHL game on April 11 vs. COL. The Westport, Conn., native previously totaled 83 points (19G, 64A) in four years at the University of Vermont.

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