Chicago's Saad traded to Columbus in seven-player deal

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 01, 2015 12:09 AM

(Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks traded away forwards Brandon Saad, Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta in a seven-player deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

The Blackhawks received forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Saad posted career bests in goals (23), assists (29) and points (52) last season as he finished as the team's third leading goal-scorer and fourth in points.

The 22-year-old's contract was set to expire this week.

The Anaheim Ducks were also involved in a trade on Tuesday when they acquired veteran defenseman Kevin Bieksa from the Vancouver Canucks.

Anaheim sent their second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft to Vancouver in exchange for the 34-year-old Bieksa, who played 597 games with the Canucks and acquired 59 goals, 185 points and 879 penalty minutes.

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(The story was refiled to correct the team in the headline from St. Louis to Columbus)

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)