A veteran defenceman would be traded by Kent Hughes this summer

Carl Vaillancourt
June 29, 2024  (8:03 PM)

David Savard
Photo credit: Montreal Canadiens website

Now that the NHL Draft is behind us, the Montreal Canadiens' general manager can turn his attention to the free agent market, and trades are not out of the question if the Canadiens want to improve for the 2024-2025 season.

This means Kent Hughes will have a lot on his plate to improve his team by October. Most experts expect him to be active in the trade market, particularly to bolster the offense.
However, as reported by Marqueur.com, we might see a trade involving a defenseman from the organization to acquire valuable assets. A renowned journalist even predicts that a candidate from the blue line is more likely to be traded.

David Savard on the trade market? A target for the Montreal Canadiens, according to David Pagnotta

In recent days, David Pagnotta has indeed compiled a list of the 25 players most likely to be traded this summer. On this list, David Savard is ranked 10th.
With one season remaining on his four-year contract, David Savard is on the shopping list of at least three teams. These teams are highly interested in a player who excels at physical play and blocking shots—a recipe that helped the Panthers win the Stanley Cup.
The Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche, and Winnipeg Jets have significant interest, according to sources.
"For teams looking to add a solid and reliable defenseman to their blue line, Savard meets several criteria. He is entering the final year of his contract and could strengthen the back end of a contender for the 2024-25 season.

Teams interested in David Savard:
The Dallas Stars, the Colorado Avalanche, and the Winnipeg Jets."

The Stars risk losing Christopher Tanev to free agency and will be looking for a defenseman to fill Tanev's role. Will these three teams be willing to sacrifice quality prospects to acquire David Savard? It's clear that the Canadiens won't get a young player of Mavrik Bourque or Logan Stankoven's caliber for David Savard's services.
And if Kent Hughes is unable to trade his defenseman during the summer, he can always rely on the trade deadline as Savard will become a free agent in the summer of 2025. It will be interesting to see where the Canadiens stand next March.
Credit: Marqueur.com
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