The Colorado Avalanche finished second in the Central Division this past season. After placing second in the seeding round-robin, the Avalanche took down the Arizona Coyotes in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the third-seeded Dallas Stars in the second round.
The Avalanche improved this off-season, trading for former Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad on October 10. There are all indications from Saad that he’d love to be a member of the Avalanche for a long time. Saad has been a productive member of the Chicago Blackhawks for years, having won the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015.
Brandon Saad has also played two years in Columbus and has scored at least 20 goals per season five times with a career best 31 goals in the 2015-2016 season. This past season, the 28-year-old forward had 33 points on 21 goals and 12 assists in 58 games.
Although Brandon Saad becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season, Saad indicates that Colorado has already been on the top of his list for places to play because he wants to win another Stanley Cup. There haven’t been any discussions on resigning Saad after next season, but it’s very early and Saad makes it known that Colorado must want him to be there for the long haul, but he can see himself finishing his career with the Avalanche.
Colorado was already considered a Stanley Cup contender and the addition of Saad can only elevated their status. Saad will join a roster that already includes Hart Trophy runner-up Nathan McKinnon and Cale Makar, who won the Calder Trophy of top rookie in the NHL.
It hasn’t taken long for Saad to fall in love with the city. He lives in Pittsburgh in the off-season but took in the scenery in Colorado while recently visiting in search of properties. Although Brandon Saad loved his time in Chicago, Saad feels rejuvenated and is excited to be playing for a cup contender. He feels the Avalanche are a great organization in a great city and can’t wait to get the 2020-2021 season underway.