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Major trade involving defensemen David Savard and Michael Matheson: Pierre LeBrun weighs in

Published February 13, 2024 at 10:18
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

The Montreal Canadiens will not make the playoffs for a third consecutive season. Kent Hughes mentioned that he wanted a competitive team this season, but it must be admitted that it didn't work out.

Blaming the injuries is an option, but the GM still hasn't addressed the main issue of bringing in a quality offense. The Canadiens have a first offensive line equivalent to a second line in a good team, which is far from enough to make a playoff run.

Logic dictates that defensemen may be sacrificed to acquire interesting forwards, and rumors about veterans David Savard and Michael Matheson are intensifying.

Pierre-LeBrun has just debunked these rumors at the source. The two defensemen will not be traded unless an offer too good to refuse comes in.


"There's a difference between picking up the phone and being the team that calls other teams and says, 'What do you think of our guy?'" - Pierre LeBrun

The team that is desperate and could make a very interesting offer is the Tampa Bay Lightning. With Mikhail Sergachev's injury, they have enough salary cap space, but they don't have a first-round pick until 2026.

Suppose Julien Brisebois is willing to give up their first-round pick in 2026 and young Ethan Gauthier; in that case, Kent Hughes might be tempted. However, it would be surprising if the Lightning GM made such an offer, even if Matheson is very solid.

Source: Habs & LNH
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Major trade involving defensemen David Savard and Michael Matheson: Pierre LeBrun weighs in

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