David Savard made a significant statement regarding an upcoming transaction for the Canadiens

Published October 1, 2023 at 8:28 PM
BY ELIAS
Upon his arrival with the Canadiens, veteran David Savard quickly became a significant leader within the organization. Surrounded by many young defensemen, his presence is crucial to help them reach their full potential. Number 58 has often mentioned how pleased he is to play the role of a "big brother" to his teammates.

While appearing on JiC's show, David Savard discussed various topics, including the current congestion on the Tricolore's blue line. He harbors no illusions and is aware that the Canadiens have several very talented prospects who will be looking to carve out a spot in the lineup soon. He admitted that it wouldn't be surprising if General Manager Kent Hughes wanted to trade a defenseman in the near future to give the team's rookies a chance.

"There are a lot of young players in the organization. I think it's a good idea to build with strong defense. When you look at winning teams, they always have good defense. Certainly, at some point, there will be a congestion. We should expect some players to be traded. They are well-positioned to make moves if needed." - David Savard

Of course, the Quebecer did not dare to mention names, but it is rather easy to guess which players are likely to be affected when David Reinbacher and Logan Mailloux are ready to make the jump to the NHL. He did not hide the fact that he could be the player sacrificed in such a situation but indicated that he loves his new role with the team and would like to stay with the Montreal Canadiens as long as possible.


"My role has changed. I try to set a good example. I want to pass on all I can to the young players, the knowledge I've gained over the years. I loved my role last year. I'm not crazy. I know the young ones are coming and will push for more minutes. That's what I did when I was younger. It will be up to them to take the spot. My goal is to stay there as long as possible." - David Savard

The 32-year-old defenseman is very optimistic about the decisions made by the Canadiens' management and believes the team is moving in the right direction. Indeed, the hiring of Jeff Gorton and Kent Hughes has completely changed the vision of the organization. For the first time in many years, it is evident that a real project is being put in place, and the Habs are finally headed toward a promising future.

"We are building something solid. Everyone has gained experience. We had a lot of young players on the team. We need to win even more games and move in the right direction. Our goal is to compete every game. You never know where it can lead us. Our expectations are rising, as a group." - David Savard

One thing is for sure, David Savard will have an important role this season, as he is likely to have a role on the top defensive pair alongside Mike Matheson or Kaiden Guhle.

WHICH RIGHT-HANDED DEFENSEMAN WILL PLAY ON THE THIRD PAIR TO START THE SEASON?
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