Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Savard
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David Savard Breaks the Silence on Being Traded: He Has Revealed How He Really Feels About Possibly Changing Teams in the Coming Weeks

Published February 6, 2024 at 2:51 PM

Following the trade involving Sean Monahan, a general consensus seems to have emerged in the media that the Montreal Canadiens had officially thrown in the towel on the 2023-2024 season to focus on the next campaign.

Moreover, many observers wondered if Kent Hughes might trade other veterans by March 8, in the hope of adding some "assets" to continue the rebuilding process started by the management. Of course, the names of three players, in particular, keep coming up in these discussions, namely Jake Allen, David Savard, and Tanner Pearson.

According to well-connected insiders across the NHL, the number 58 of the Canadiens has excellent market value right now, one who could at least bring back a first-round pick to the organization. Moreover, there is no doubt that if the GM of the CH contacts his counterparts to confirm that Savard is available, many teams would be interested in acquiring him.

Indeed, the 33-year-old veteran is the perfect prototype of a defenseman who can help a team in the playoffs. Reliable defensively, the former Tampa Bay Lightning blocks shots and is highly effective in his own territory. Moreover, Savard rarely commits turnovers and is also able to contribute offensively, as evidenced by his 11 points in 27 games this season.

However, the defenseman from Saint-Hyacinthe made a significant statement regarding his future in Montreal. Indeed, in an interview with Guillaume Lefrançois, from La Presse, he admitted that he absolutely wished to remain with the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge, even if he will not have the opportunity to compete for top honors this year.

«I know it's a business, it can change very quickly. But I hope to be able to stay here, it's my goal and that doesn't change. I think they have the same outlook. At least, I hope! [...] I would like to continue to grow with the team and see where we go. We have a lot of talent.» - David Savard

That's pretty clear!

David Savard is happy with the Montreal Canadiens and would very much like to be in the future plans of the organization to help the team reach its maturity. Personally, even if the idea of adding other interesting "assets" can be tempting, the defender's value is much more significant than his performance on the ice.

Playing within a young defensive brigade like that of the Canadiens, he plays a major role, that of a big brother. Rookies, such as Lane Hutson, David Reinbacher, and Logan Mailloux, will need a mentor when they are ready to make their NHL debut, and David Savard has the necessary capabilities to fill this role.

It remains to be seen if Kent Hughes will be enticed by the idea of acquiring draft choices or prospects, or if he would prefer to keep the veteran in his lineup.

If you were the GM of the CH, would you trade David Savard?

February 6   |   380 answers
David Savard Breaks the Silence on Being Traded: He Has Revealed How He Really Feels About Possibly Changing Teams in the Coming Weeks

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