Major Trade Looming Between the Stars and Canadiens

Aaron Itovitch
December 31, 2023  (3:38 PM)

Montreal Canadiens Defenseman David Savard
Photo credit: HabsLatest

Given that the Montreal Canadiens are technically still in a rebuilding phase, General Manager Kent Hughes faces significant decisions in the coming weeks, particularly with some veterans in his organization who could fetch a high price on the trade market.

One such player is certainly David Savard, who is playing excellent hockey this season. He is a defensive pillar for the Canadiens and would undoubtedly be a significant addition for a team aiming for nothing less than a championship.
As reported by HabsolumentFan, there is a team interested in the services of the Quebec defenseman, namely the Dallas Stars.
Saad Yousuf, a journalist from The Athletic, mentioned that the Texas franchise is looking to add a right-handed defenseman to their brigade for the playoffs.
Here are his explanations about the immediate need of the Stars:
« I was tempted to aim high and ask for a top 4 defenseman, and that would be ideal, but just a right-handed defenseman capable of staying in the lineup would suffice, at a minimum.

The Stars' blue line has been inconsistent, and the team is nonetheless having a decent season. But when the expectations are the Stanley Cup, imperfections are examined under a more rigorous microscope.

Even if Miro Heiskanen stays on his non-natural side and Jani Hakanpää keeps his place in the lineup, the Stars could really use a third regular NHL defenseman on the right side. »

He then raised Savard's name as a potential quality target for Dallas.
Given that Savard brings a very interesting set of elements, such as defensive stability, underrated offensive play, physical presence, significant leadership, and the experience of a Stanley Cup win, it's clear that the Stars will not be the only ones inquiring about the price for his acquisition.
However, the Canadiens' General Manager knows he has in his hands a player who could bring a high return, both in his lineup with all the aforementioned qualities and on the trade market.
If Savard changes teams by the March 8th deadline, it's clear that the return for the CH will be astronomical, especially since he has another season left on his advantageous 3.5 million dollar annual contract.
Some experts believe that Hughes would receive at least the price he got for Ben Chiarot in 2022, namely a 1st round pick, another 4th round pick, and a prospect with some potential.
The General Manager's phone is likely to ring frequently in the coming weeks.
Credit: Habs et LNH & HabsolumentFan
Major Trade Looming Between the Stars and Canadiens

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