The deal was announced less than an hour after Hjalmarsson was traded to Arizona for defenceman Connor Murphy and forward Laurent Dauphin.
Chicago made two trades on Friday morning, parting ways with Niklas Hjalmarsson and winger Artemi Panarin, among other assets. Saad had 24 goals and 53 points in 82 games last season, making it the third straight campaign where he recorded between 52 and 53 points.
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"Artemi Panarin was the best rookie in the National Hockey League two years ago, a second-team all-star this past season and is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the National Hockey League", said Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen in a statement. In June of that year the Blackhawks traded Saad to Columbus.
"I certainly like the fact that we're getting younger", Bowman said.
The Chicago Blackhawks have reacquired forward Brandon Saad from the Columbus Blue Jackets two years after trading him to the team, sending forward Artemi Panarin to Columbus in exchange. Hjalmarsson, 30, was a key player in the Blackhawks recent run of three Stanley Cups and his played his entire 10-year career in Chicago.
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Could Chicago deal Marian Hossa's contract? "He's an elite player and one of the NHL's top defenseman". He has scored 55 goals and 106 points in 160 games since being traded, including 31 goals in his first season in Columbus. "I think he's one of the most dynamic forwards in the league".
Stepan, 27, is fresh off a 17-goal, 55 point season and has four seasons left on a deal that carries a $6.5 million United States salary cap hit.
The 'Hawks also appear determined to get younger on the blue line, shipping off the 30-year-old Hjalrmarsson in return for a 24-year-old defenseman in Murphy and a 22-year-old forward in Dauphin. "It means a lot to me that Stan Bowman has put the trust in the trade, believing that I can help the team".
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