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Trade Grades: Brandon Saad to the Blue Jackets

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The deal

Columbus Blue Jackets get: Brandon Saad, Alex Broadhurst, Michael Paliotta

Chicago Blackhawks get: Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a 2016 fourth-round pick


Columbus Blue Jackets: A+

GM Jarmo Kekalainen was brought in to beef up the organizational talent with the Blue Jackets and has done so in short order. Columbus is stocked with young forwards and that depth allowed him to make the most impressive trade of the offseason in landing Saad.