Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Savard and general manager Kent Hughes
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WOW: Kent Hughes Confirms the Fate of David Savard

Published February 3, 2024 at 11:46

Yesterday morning, just a few hours after the big trade involving Elias Lindholm and the Vancouver Canucks, Kent Hughes wasted no time getting active on the trade market. Indeed, the general manager of the Canadiens traded the 29-year-old veteran, Sean Monahan, to the Winnipeg Jets in return for a first-round pick in 2024 and a conditional third-round pick in 2027.

Moreover, this transaction, occurring nearly a month before the deadline, has raised several questions regarding the intentions of the management. Indeed, many fans believe that this trade indicates that the Montreal Canadiens have officially thrown in the towel on the current season, thus already focusing on the 2024-2025 season.

In this perspective, several observers believe that other veterans from the team could potentially leave the organization in the near future, in order to allow the Canadiens to add more "assets" to continue the rebuilding process initiated by the management.

Notably, in recent days, the name of defenseman David Savard has been mentioned repeatedly in trade rumors, as he could represent a major addition for a team aiming to contend for top honors. He has been linked to his former team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, as Julien Brisebois wishes to acquire the services of an experienced defenseman.

However, a major turnaround occurred yesterday afternoon. During his press conference, Kent Hughes clearly indicated that he had no intention of trading the veteran by the March 8 deadline. However, he admitted that he would listen to any offers presented to him, thus leaving a door open to a possible trade.

"General Manager Kent Hughes says he has not yet spoken to David Savard about the possibility of trading the veteran defenseman. For now, Hughes has no intention of trading Savard, but he is always ready to listen to offers for any player." - Via Priyanta Emrith


It is therefore difficult to know if David Savard will still be a member of the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge after the trade deadline. However, if a general manager is willing to pay a high price, it seems likely that number 58 from the Canadiens could be the next to be traded.

February 3   |   371 answers
WOW: Kent Hughes Confirms the Fate of David Savard

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