The Blackhawks have traded ahead Brandon Saad and defenseman Dennis Gilbert to the Colorado Avalanche in alternate for pending restricted free agent defenseman Nikita Zadorov and defenseman Anton Lindholm.
The Blackhawks are retaining $1 million of Saad’s contract, and announce Zadorov signed his qualifying supply of $3.2 million that runs by the 2020-21 season.
Saad, 27, had one 12 months left on his contract at a $6 million cap hit. He registered 21 targets and 12 assists for 33 factors in 58 video games final season for the Blackhawks.
Zadorov, 25, had 13 factors (4 targets, 9 assists) and averaged 17:46 of ice time in 64 video games final season for the Avalanche. He additionally had 5 factors (three targets, two assists) in 15 postseason contests.
Gilbert, 23, and Lindholm, 25, every spent a majority of final season within the American Hockey League. Lindholm’s two-way contract carries a cap hit of $742,500 and runs by the 2020-21 marketing campaign.