Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Savard and Chicago Blackhawks forward Connor Bedard
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The Price to Pay for David Savard Has Been Revealed: Kent Hughes May Pull Off a Robbery

Published February 21, 2024 at 1:53 PM

Following the departure of Sean Monahan, there are not many players left on the team who have significant trade market value and whom the Canadiens would like to part with.

We can think of Jake Allen, Tanner Pearson, Joel Armia, Josh Anderson, Brendan Gallagher, etc.

However, in the list of players who have solid market value and who could be traded if the return price is worth it, there is the case of David Savard.

An experienced defenseman, who is a good leader, who has won the Stanley Cup, who does everything well on the ice, and who comes with a very good contract, is valuable on the market, especially because he has another year on his current deal, which does not make him a mere rental player.

What is David Savard's value?

The excellent Marco D'Amico, who has good connections throughout the league, including with the Canadiens, revealed the price to pay for his services.

« The Canadiens will probably want a 1st round pick and more, for David Savard. » - Marco D'Amico

He states that a first-round pick is the base to acquire the Quebecois defenseman, in addition to getting some additional assets to tip the balance.

In the current case, it would therefore resemble the Ben Chiarot trade, which had brought the CH a 1st round pick, a 4th round pick, and Ty Smilanic, a prospect drafted in the 3rd round who was 20 years old at the time.

A team in the lead to acquire Savard's services

Due to the major injury sustained by Mikhail Sergachev and the non-existent depth at the blue line of the organization, the Tampa Bay Lightning is actively looking for a defensive addition.

In this context, and since Julien BriseBois loves to make additions to his lineup with a contract in hand for more than one year, the name of the CH defenseman fuels rumors in Tampa. Moreover, he is well known there since he won the cup in 2021 with them.

Given that the Lightning no longer has a first-round pick for the next two years, some speculations mention the name of Ethan Gauthier as a potential return in a Savard trade as a prospect "equivalent" to a first-round choice.

I would also add the name of Niko Huuhtanen to the equation, who is a big winger of 6 feet 2 inches and 205 pounds, 20 years old, who totals 17 goals and 43 points in 47 games in the Liiga, Finland's top league.

In short, this will be a case to watch by March 8.

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The Price to Pay for David Savard Has Been Revealed: Kent Hughes May Pull Off a Robbery

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