Blackhawks Made Correct Decision; Moving On

Nov 9, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) during the third period against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center. Chicago won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

There I was, rolling in that proverbial fat cash – single, no rent at the time, shit-or-get-off-the-pot-about-to-be-homeless, and the Blackhawks were on the verge of clinching their third Stanley Cup championship in six years. I purchased a Brandon Saad jersey. Safe as safe can be. Right?

Sure, we knew the upcoming debacle. If you hadn’t recognized that this past seasons attainment of the Cup mirrored that of 2010 (as in, do it now before everything changes), you truly missed out on the glory that was CapGeek. RIP.

There areomewhere along the lines of 14 players without contracts for the upcoming season. Whom to sign and whom to cast away to the plebeians throughout the league?

Shall I continue this hyperbole infested ramp up or just get to the part where we were all sneakily and effectively hit in the balls from behind in a dark room?

Yep. Brandon Saad. Now, not only a Columbus Blue Jacket, but a Blue Jacket with a six-year contract effectively earning him $6M-$6.75 given the year on the calendar. Thirty-six million dollars over six years.

I’m beginning to wonder how it took me a day to realize that everything was going to be fine.

Offer sheets are a canker sore. An ingrown hair or toenail. A sip from a can of beer that has been mistaken for your own a day later, or had been requisitioned as an ash tray a week before. I hate offer sheets (also, at the moment, I’m feuding with tire jacks).

Everyone kept insisting (engage meatball voice)

“Durrr, dits gunna be da Penkwins dat trynuh get ter Saahhhhhhhhhd”

…even though realistically the Penkwins didn’t have the proper compensation in line to even pretend to make an offer. Off season hockey twitter is just as bad as during the season. Perhaps more so.

Credit to where credit is due, Jay Zawaski of 670 The Score was first (to me, at least) to mention that talks between the Hawks and Saad weren’t progressing smoothly and the odds of getting a bridge deal completed was approaching Coin Flip.

Still, it was a shock when Dan Bernstein announced a couple days later while interviewing Len Kasper that Saad had been traded.

I listen to The Score. Get over it. ESPN radio sucks.

Once the dust settled and brain functionality resumed, once you piece together that Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, and some other guy and some other guy named Jeremy Morin is better than going to an offer sheet and only getting two picks as compensation…you feel a little less whatever about… whatever.

Then, you can truly begin to ask yourself the tough questions. For instance, would Saad be worth a $6M AAV on this Blackhawks team? Short answer: No. Weren’t we all hoping that spending dumb money was over with?

No particular order of examples? Carcillo x2, Bollig contract, Bickell contract, Brian Campbell amount of dollars, some could say Hossa (they’re incorrect)…

Some people openly used words about Crawford’s contract again and how that limited the Hawks ability to engage free agents this season. And then the Minnesota Wild signed Devan Dubnyk to a six-year contract worth $26 million and $4.33M AAV. Forgive me if I don’t try and point out explicitly how much better Crawford is than Dubnyk.


I swear, I want Doc Emrick narrating things I do all the time. It’s only going to get more difficult to move the guys “they want to” i.e. Sharp, Bickell as the regular season approaches. Remember, Nick Leddy was traded only a handful of days prior to season start.

Training camp ought to be a doozy of a good time.


You should see how much Brennan imitates things on twitter @midway_brennan