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Morning Bag Skate: NHL Free agency begins after Blackhawks trade Brandon Saad to Blue Jackets

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world.

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The Chicago Blackhawks traded restricted free agent Brandon Saad, defenseman Michael Paliotta and forward Alex Broadhurst to the Columbus Blue Jackets for forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp plus a 2016 fourth-round pick Tuesday.

Saad will return to the United Center on Saturday, Oct. 17 when the Blue Jackets faceoff against the Hawks.

The Hawks also re-signed goaltender Michael Leighton, the likely No. 3, to a one-year deal.

NHL free agency begins Wednesday.

Here's the latest news:


**Hawks trade Brandon Saad to Columbus Blue Jackets (SCH)

**How do Marko Dano, Artem Anisimov and other fit into Hawks plan? (SCH)

**Finding the positives in the Brandon Saad trade (SCH)

**Agent: Andrew Desjardins weighing options for next season (ESPN Chicago)

**Hawks re-sign goaltender Michael Leighton to 1-year deal (SCH)

**Hawks submit qualifying offer for Dennis Rasmussen, not Matt Carey (SCH)

**Hawks interested in free agent defenseman Barret Jackman, per report (SCH)

**Stanley Cup stops by Evanston Hospital (Chicago Tribune)

Central Division

**Jets re-sign Drew Stafford to 2-year, $4.35 million deal (Jets)

**Predators sign Austin Watson to 2-year, $1.15 million contract (On The Forecheck)


**Coyotes deny New York Post report that they're relocating to Las Vegas (Five For Howling)

**Tukwila group to submit expansion application to NHL (Seattle Times)

**Coyotes acquire Boyd Gordon from Oilers for Lauri Korpikoski (Five For Howling)

**Sharks acquire Martin Jones from Bruins for first-rounder; sign him to 3-year, $9 million contact (Fear The Fin)

**Mike Richards incident at border crossing (Jewels From The Crown)

**Flames sign Dougie Hamilton to 6-year, $5.75 million deal (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

**Ducks name former Adams winner Paul MacLean assistant coach (Pro Hockey Talk)

**Ducks acquire Kevin Bieksa from Canucks for 2016 second-round pick (Anaheim Calling)

**Islanders extend Anders Lee to 4-year deal worth $3.75 million per season (Lighthouse Hockey)

**Lightning re-sign Andrej Sustr to 2-year, $2.9 million contract (Raw Charge)

**Capitals Patrick Wey retires at 24 due to concussions (Pro Hockey Talk)

**Red Wings sign Brendan Smith to two-year deal (Winging It In Motown)

**Red Wings buy out Stephen Weiss (Winging It In Motown)

**Canadiens sign Brian Flynn for two years (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**Hurricanes will buy out Alexander Semin (Canes Country)

**Panthers waive Brad Boyes, final year of contract to be bought out (Litter Box Cats)

Hockey world

**KHL releases 2015-16 season schedule (KHL)

**Maple Leafs name Anthony Noreen ECHL affiliate, Orlando Solar Bears, head coach (Solar Bears)

**QMJHL's Acadie-Bathurst Titan select Vladimir Kuznetsov first overall in 2015 CHL Import Draft (Titan)

**OHL's Saginaw Spirit select Markus Niemelainen in CHL Import Draft (Spirit)

**OHL's Flint Firebirds select Vili Saarijarvi, Matyas Kantner in CHL Import Draft (Firebirds)

**Bill Muckalt to become GM/head coach for USHL's Tri-City Storm (Michigan Tech)

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