David Savard's Trade Value Revealed: Kent Hughes Must Capitalize on the Veteran Before it is Too Late

Aaron Itovitch
December 13, 2023  (12:07)

Indeed, the three-goalie situation with the Montreal Canadiens has sparked numerous trade rumors involving goalies Jake Allen and Cayden Primeau. However, with the trade deadline fast approaching, it wouldn't be surprising if some veterans like Sean Monahan, Tanner Pearson, and David Savard are also involved in these speculations.

During his appearance on TSN 690 yesterday morning, insider David Pagnotta shared significant information about the Quebec veteran and the trade market. He strongly believes that several NHL teams could be interested in acquiring him, given that he has an additional year on his contract, unlike a pending free agent.
«For my part, my curiosity leans more towards a guy like David Savard who has an additional year on his contract. Some teams are more interested in acquiring a player who is not necessarily at the end of his contract and just a rental player, but who has an extra year on his contract.

There is a bit more control, more stability in the acquisition and for some of these teams, they feel they can make a good run this season, but also next year.» - David Pagnotta

Additionally, he mentioned that Kent Hughes could make a big move by trading the 33-year-old veteran. He believes that the general manager of the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge could potentially get a return as significant as what he received for Ben Chariot at the 2021-2022 trade deadline.
After all, both defensemen have a wealth of experience in the Bettman circuit. Moreover, they play a similar style, focused mainly on defense, a major asset for a team aspiring to win championships.
«I think that's where a guy like David Savard can come into play with so many teams looking to recruit more defensive guys who have the presence of a veteran on and off the field.

I think we are going to start hearing more about David Savard as the season progresses, and much less about Mike Matheson. I wouldn't be surprised if the Montreal Canadiens get a return similar to what they received for Ben Chiarot a few seasons ago if they decide to trade him.» - David Pagnotta

Remember that the Montreal Canadiens received a first-round pick, a fourth-round pick, and prospect Ty Smilanic, who was drafted in the third round, for Ben Chiarot.
Although David Savard is highly valued, playing a crucial role in Montreal's defensive lineup and especially with the team's young players, if Kent Hughes can secure a similar package for the defenseman, it would be prudent to make the trade.
Such a transaction would enable the Canadiens to add several important assets to continue their rebuilding process initiated by the organization two years ago.
David Savard's Trade Value Revealed: Kent Hughes Must Capitalize on the Veteran Before it is Too Late

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