Injured Brandon Saad misses trip to Philadelphia
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter March 17, 2014 4:15PM
Updated: April 19, 2014 6:21AM
Brandon Saad didn’t make the trip to Philadelphia with the Blackhawks. Instead, he stayed home after suffering an upper-body injury Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings.
Saad left the game with about eight minutes left in the second period and didn’t return. He also missed a shift at the end of the first period after taking a big hit from Niklas Kronwall.
Coach Joel Quenneville
said Sunday he didn’t think Saad’s injury was too serious, but his status for the Hawks’ showdown Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center is in doubt.
Saad is sixth on the team with 44 points (19 goals, 25 assists) and is tied for sixth in the league with a plus-29 rating.
Andrew Shaw and Brandon Bollig were scheduled to become restricted free agents this summer and received contract extensions. Ben Smith is also in the last year of his contract, but there have been
no talks between the Hawks and his agent.
‘‘You try not to give that too much power,’’ Smith said. ‘‘As long as I keep working hard and show what I can do, that stuff will take care of itself.’’
The Hawks were named one of six finalists for Sports Business Journal’s 2014 Sports Team of the Year award. The others are the Boston Red Sox, the Golden State Warriors, the Seattle Seahawks, the Portland Timbers and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.