Zawaski: Brandon Saad, Blackhawks Further Apart On Deal Than Initially Expected

CBS Chicago

By Jay Zawaski–

(CBS) With the start of free agency looming Wednesday, the Blackhawks are working hard to get a deal done with restricted free agent winger Brandon Saad, but it appears the two camps are further apart on a new deal than initially expected, according to sources.

The Blackhawks are trying to lock up the 22-year-old Saad to a two-year deal worth about $2.8 million annually, one source said. That’s the “bridge deal” that many have suggested could be the ideal outcome for the Blackhawks.

Saad’s camp, however, is hoping to bypass the second contract. They’re seeking a longer-term deal at $4 million-plus per year. Saad’s camp knows it holds leverage over the Blackhawks if he waits until past Wednesday to sign. In such a case, another team could swoop in with an offer sheet, forcing the Blackhawks to match the deal or let Saad walk for draft picks. (Click…

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