Why the Blackhawks must lock up Brandon Saad, no matter the cost

By Jared Clinton

Brandon Saad is set to become a restricted free agent this off-season, but the Chicago Blackhawks should do whatever it takes to get the 22-year-old winger under contract. His development into a two-way force could make him a key player in Chicago’s future. More

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  • Dan Bylsma. (Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Report: Sabres have agreement in place to hire Dan Bylsma

    Dan Bylsma and the Buffalo Sabres met for the second straight day regarding the team’s coaching vacancy and reports say the two sides have a deal in place to make him the new Sabres coach. Bylsma was let go by Pittsburgh following the 2013-14 season and is the Penguins all-time leader in coaching wins.

  • Bryan Murray (Getty Images)

    Senators GM Bryan Murray stepping down after 2015-16 season

    The 2015-16 season will be Bryan Murray’s last as GM of the Ottawa Senators. Murray said he plans to step down following the upcoming season and will move into a role as an advisor. He has been Ottawa’s GM since 2007.

  • Team Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey (Getty Images)

    Canada with USA, Russia with Sweden in reported 2016 World Cup groups

    According to a report, Canada will play USA and Finland and Sweden will renew their rivalry in the round robin of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The leaked groups put Canada with USA, Czech Republic and Team Europe, while Sweden’s group will have Russia, Finland and the “young stars” North American squad.

  • Alexander Radulov (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Report: Alexander Radulov could be heading back to the NHL

    According to a report, KHL star and former Nashville Predator Alexander Radulov could be heading back to the NHL in 2016-17. Radulov has allegedly been contacted by Patrick Roy, his former coach in the QMJHL. When Roy coached Radulov with the Quebec Remparts in 2005-06, the Russian winger scored 61 goals and 152 points in 62 games.

  • Zach O'Brien and the Manchester Monarchs celebrate (via Streamable/AHL)

    Manchester Monarchs advance to Calder Cup final with conference final sweep

    The Los Angeles Kings' AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, are the first team to advance to the Calder Cup final after completing a sweep of the New York Rangers' affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack. Manchester was the regular season's best team, losing only 17 times in regulation, and are heading to the first Calder Cup final in franchise history.

  • Chicago winger Andrew Shaw scores in the third period against Anaheim in Game Six of the Western Conference Final Wednesday. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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  • Duncan Keith (Bill Smith/Getty Images)

    Hawks’ Keith having brilliant Game 6 – including this slick setup of Hossa goal

    Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith is one of the NHL's best all-around blueliners, and he showed why in Game 6 against Anaheim Wednesday, making a brilliant pass to Marian Hossa for Chicago's second goal – and assisting on all three of the Blackhawks' first three markers.

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