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Montreal Canadiens: The time for departure has come for David Savard

Published February 28, 2024 at 8:48 PM

There has just been a major transaction in the NHL, as one of the most coveted defensemen has changed teams. Chris Tanev is heading to Dallas, with the Flames receiving a 2nd-round pick, another conditional pick, and a prospect.

We know that Kent Hughes doesn't want to trade David Savard unless he receives an offer he can't refuse. Change the 2nd-round pick in the Tanev deal to a 1st-round pick, and I think we have a deal.

Savard now becomes the most sought-after right-handed defenseman on the market, and Kent Hughes' phone must be constantly ringing.

"This leaves a lot of runway for a potential David Savard deal to take shape and he just moved up a rung on the ladder of this style of right shot defenceman. Didn't take long for Monahan to move after Lindholm, we'll see if a similar dynamic presents itself to Kent Hughes here." - Arpon Basu

Indeed, in the hours following Elias Lindholm's trade, Sean Monahan was traded in turn. It will be interesting to see if the same concept unfolds now.

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With just over a week left before the March 8 deadline, this transaction could have set the stage. Teams are starting to make their moves in preparation for the playoffs.

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Montreal Canadiens: The time for departure has come for David Savard

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