The St. Louis Blues made their first big splash in NHL free agency on its second day, signing two-time Stanley Cup champion Brandon Saad to a five-year contract Thursday.
The deal is worth $22.5 million, or an average annual value of $4.5 million.
Saad is a veteran of 10 NHL seasons -- his first four with Chicago, during which time the Blackhawks won a pair of Stanley Cups, followed by two with Columbus, three more with Chicago and then last season with the Colorado Avalanche.
Saad cited the Blues' potential to win as a reason he chose to sign with St. Louis.
“Once you get a taste of it, that’s something that there’s no better feeling,” Saad said. “When it comes down to it, I wanted to go somewhere where you have a chance of winning and you’re going to have a successful team. The Blues fit that mold.”
Saad, 28, has scored 20-plus goals in a season five times in his career. The forward was under that last year, when he tallied 24 points (15 goals, nine assists) in 44 regular-season games, followed by seven goals in 10 playoff games. He was an All-Star in 2015-16, when he scored 31 goals.
For his career, Saad has tallied 371 points (184 goals, 187 assists) in the regular season (632 games) and 50 points (25 goals, 25 assists) in the postseason (91 games).
The Blues traded for forward Pavel Buchnevich of the New York Rangers last week, then signed him to a four-year contract.