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Another Steal by Kent Hughes? The Next Major Asset to Join the Organization May Be Known

Published December 25, 2023 at 12:11

Even though the midpoint of the NHL season hasn't been reached yet, we're starting to get an idea of which teams will be looking to strengthen their rosters for the playoffs.

As is well known, the trade market has become very lucrative for certain teams looking to offload players who will become free agents at the end of the season, or simply to bolster their draft pick arsenal.

The Montreal Canadiens have been quite active in this regard over the past two years, with General Manager Kent Hughes managing to acquire several draft picks through the trade market.

However, as reported by Charles-Alexis Brisebois from Danslescoulisses.com, the Canadiens' GM will undoubtedly be open to offers for veteran defenseman David Savard.

Even though Savard has another season left on his contract at $3.5 million, his current value could be very high, with some experts suggesting that number 58 could be worth a first-round pick.

This is at least the opinion of Craig Button, who discussed this on the podcast "The Sick Podcast" with Tony Marinaro.

According to him, if teams are serious about acquiring Savard, it would take at least a first-round pick as a starting point.

It's quite interesting to note all this, but first and foremost, we must wonder if Kent Hughes is genuinely interested in parting with his veteran defenseman.

Savard, along with Michael Matheson, is one of the pillars of the Canadiens' defense and his contribution is very important for the younger players in the organization.

Moreover, at the time of writing, Martin St-Louis's team is only three points away from a playoff spot, and unless they receive an exceptionally good offer, number 58 is likely to finish the season in Montreal.
December 25   |   1110 answers
Another Steal by Kent Hughes? The Next Major Asset to Join the Organization May Be Known

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