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Avalanche get Brandon Saad in trade with Blackhawks

Colorado sent defensemen Nikita Zadorov and Anton Lindholm to Chicago for Saad and defenseman Dennis Gilbert.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2019, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad shoots during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis. The Colorado Avalanche acquired Saad in a multiplayer trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Colorado sent defensemen Nikita Zadorov and Anton Lindholm to Chicago for Saad and defenseman Dennis Gilbert. The Blackhawks also will retain $1 million of Saad’s $6 million salary for next season. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche have acquired rugged winger Brandon Saad in a multiplayer trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. 

Colorado sent defensemen Nikita Zadorov and Anton Lindholm to Chicago for Saad and defenseman Dennis Gilbert. 

The Blackhawks also will retain $1 million of Saad’s $6 million salary for next season. 

Zadorov was a restricted free agent, but Chicago said he signed his qualifying offer of $3.2 million prior to the deal.

 Saad had 21 goals and 12 assists in 58 games last season in the third year of his second stint with Chicago. 

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