Please someone help me make sense of this.
Suggestions are that Saad was looking for a contract in the neighborhood of $6.5 million per season. There's no confirmation that Saad got an offer sheet, but I suspect like the Dougie Hamilton situation something made its way to Chicago management. Rather than enter into a protracted contract negotiation that they could never meet the demands of due to cap constraints, they opted to get a return that isn't nearly so bad as those in Chicago think it is. Anisimov is a hell of a hockey player and Dano will be too. Dano will be a cost controlled asset for a number of years, Anisimov not so much as he's UFA next year.
I expect that Chicago is having a hard time moving both Bickell and Sharp. Bickell because he's overpaid, Sharp because he's 34. I don't know the details and constraints of either contract beyond their values but both are probably unpalatable to some degree.
Short version is this is what happens with a roster loaded with allstars and two guys making a whole lot of money. Of course factor in the sagging Canadian dollar (revenue in the NHL is largely driven by Canadian franchises folks, that's why it matters even though pay is in greenbacks) which resulted in a salary cap probably 5-7 million lower than expected and cap strapped teams like Boston and Chicago do surprising things. And I'm not being smug about this either. I'm very concerned we'll sign Byfuglien to a large contract extension and then someone will offer sheet Trouba next summer when he'll likely be looking for Hamilton money (5.75/year with term).