(CBS) The hockey world was stunned last Friday when news came through that the Blackhawks were trading star forward Artemi Panarin to the Blue Jackets for a familiar face, winger Brandon Saad.
Put into a difficult situation after losing Marian Hossa, the Blackhawks made a bold move to acquire a two-way forward in Saad. The phone call certainly caught the 24-year-old Saad by surprise.
“I was a little surprised when it happened, but it’s definitely nice to be back somewhere where I obviously had a lot of success,” Saad said said in an interview with Mike Mulligan and David Haugh on 670 The Score on Thursday. “I feel comfortable with everything about it — the city, the players, the coaches. It definitely feels good to be back, for sure.”