Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Savard
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Elliotte Friedman Reveals Major Information on David Savard's Future

Published February 22, 2024 at 3:39 PM

As we are only two weeks away from the trade deadline, many Montreal fans are wondering if Kent Hughes will make more trades by the deadline on March 8th.

Among the players frequently mentioned in various speculations are goaltender Jake Allen and forward Tanner Pearson. However, according to several observers, a Canadiens defenseman is increasingly attracting attention on the trade market.

Indeed, it is the veteran David Savard, who earns a salary of 3.5 million dollars until the end of the next campaign. The 33-year-old defenseman is an exceptional leader in the Canadiens' locker room, and his playoff experience is coveted by some general managers.

Moreover, the Blue-White-Red's number 58 is recognized as a defensive stronghold. He consistently blocks shots and never hesitates to clear the front of his net, two crucial attributes for a team's success in the playoffs.

According to rumors, the Canadiens' GM could make a significant move by trading David Savard. Indeed, the vast majority of observers have mentioned that the Canadiens could receive, at a minimum, a first-round pick in return for the defenseman.

However, in his podcast "32 Thoughts," Elliotte Friedman, who has excellent sources in the hockey world, confirmed that Kent Hughes does not wish to part with Savard. He also added that the defenseman absolutely wants to remain with the team to play his last year of the contract (2024-2025) in Montreal.

"Interested parties do not believe David Savard wishes to leave Montreal." - Elliotte Friedman

It will be very interesting to see what happens in this case, especially since the Saint-Hyacinthe native does not have a no-trade clause in his agreement. Could the Canadiens' management change their mind and trade him if a very interesting offer was presented?

At 33 years old, David Savard has recorded four goals and nine assists (13 points) in 34 games this year. He has also accumulated 216 points in 769 games in the NHL, having already won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2020-2021 season.

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Elliotte Friedman Reveals Major Information on David Savard's Future

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