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Blackhawks trade Saad to Blue Jackets

The Chicago Blackhawks said all along that Brandon Saad would be back next season. Right up until Tuesday afternoon. With contract talks at a stalemate on the eve of NHL free agency, the Stanley Cup champions parted with Saad in a seven-player deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets. "Our plan all along was to sign Brandon. I mean obviously we didn't know until we began negotiating where they were going to be," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "All I can say is you do your best and we gave it a real good shot. Both sides tried hard. We just couldn't come to an agreement." The Blackhawks also sent forward Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael...

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