>>After Trade From Chicago, Saad Signs With Columbus
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed two- time Stanley Cup champion Brandon Saad to a new six-year contract just three days after acquiring the talented forward from the Chicago Blackhawks.
The long-term deal, which ESPN reported to be worth a total of $36 million, will keep Saad under club control through the 2020-21 season.
In need of salary-cap relief, the defending NHL champion Blackhawks shipped Saad, slated to earn a significant raise as a restricted free agent, to Columbus Tuesday as part of a seven-player swap. Chicago received veteran center Artim Anisimov, young forward Marko Dano and wings Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp in the trade.
Saad posted career bests of 23 goals and 29 assists in 2014-15, the 22-year- old's third full NHL season, then added eight goals in 23 postseason games to help the Blackhawks to their second Stanley Cup title in three years.
>>Blackhawks Bringing Back Desjardins
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Andrew Desjardins on a two-year contract.
In 2014-15, Desjardins tallied a career-high five goals in 69 games between the San Jose Sharks and Blackhawks. He also had one goal and three assists in 21 postseason games on the way to his first Stanley Cup championship.
The 28-year-old has 15 goals and 35 assists over 285 career NHL games with San Jose (2011-2015) and Chicago (2015).
>>Blues Sign A Pair
The St. Louis Blues and goaltender Jake Allen have agreed to terms on a two-year contract.
Allen led all rookie goaltenders with 22 wins (22-7-4) this past season, while recording a 2.28 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. In addition, he tied a Blues rookie record with four shutouts while becoming just the second rookie goaltender in club history to post consecutive shutouts, on Oct. 30 vs. Anaheim and Nov. 4 vs. New Jersey (Ernie Wakely, 1969-70).
The 24-year-old Allen also logged 184:38 consecutive shutout minutes from Oct. 23 (third period vs. Vancouver) to Nov. 6 (third period vs. New Jersey), etching a new Blues rookie record.
Allen has accumulated a 31-11-4 record to go along with a 2.33 GAA, a .911 save percentage and five shutouts in 52 career games with the Blues.
The St. Louis Blues have come to terms on a one-year contract with forward Kyle Brodziak.
He played in 73 games with the Minnesota Wild last season and had nine goals and 11 assists. In 621 career NHL games, Brodziak has compiled 98 goals and 130 assists for Edmonton and Minnesota.
>>Blues Trade TJ Oshie To Washington
The Washington Capitals acquired forward and Olympic shootout hero T.J. Oshie from the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
Heading to the Blues are forward Troy Brouwer, goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft selection in 2016.
"T.J. is an outstanding skater with a tremendous skill set," said Capitals GM Brian MacLellan. "He is a powerful player and has consistent track record of production throughout his career in the NHL. We feel that he complements our core group nicely and can help us get to the next level in achieving our ultimate goal."
Oshie totaled 55 points (19 goals, 36 assists) in 72 games a season ago for the Blues, the franchise which selected him in the first round of the 2005 draft out of North Dakota.
Star of the USA-Russia shootout in Sochi, he finished last season with four goals in 11 shootout attempts (36.4 percent), tying for 17th among NHL players in total scores.
The 28-year-old departs the club having totaled 110 goals and 200 assists in 443 games, chipping in nine points in 30 playoff contests.
Brouwer ended his ninth NHL campaign with 21 goals and 22 assists while participating in all 82 regular-season games for the Caps. In four seasons with the club, he picked up 83 goals and 69 helpers in 293 games.
Over 531 career contests for Chicago and Washington, the 29-year-old has compiled 132 scores and 123 assists, while adding 19 points in 78 playoff tilts. Brouwer was a member of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-winning team in 2010.
Copley, 23, out of Michigan Tech, spent the majority of last year with Hershey in the AHL. He went 17-4-3 with a 2.17 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.