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Savard's trade value increased heavily thanks to the Dallas Stars


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Elias Edmonson
May 20, 2024  (9:10)
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The value of Canadiens defenseman David Savard has just increased on the trade market thanks to the Dallas Stars.

An interesting development for Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton.
According to various sources, without even playing, the veteran Savard has indeed significantly increased his market value simply thanks to Chris Tanev's performances.
While the Dallas Stars are in the Stanley Cup semifinals and the Western Conference finals, many analysts obviously believe they can thank Wyatt Johnston for his incredible work. However, several experts believe that veteran defenseman Chris Tanev has played a huge role in the Stars' success.
One could also say the same for Mattias Ekholm with the Edmonton Oilers.
The NHL is a league of trends and examples. We obviously remember the big "trend" of acquiring power wingers at high prices because teams believed they absolutely needed one to win the Cup.
We can think of the very expensive trades made in recent years involving players like Blake Coleman, Tanner Jeannot, Barclay Goodrow, and others.
And what if the next "trend" was to acquire an extremely reliable veteran defenseman, a warrior, and a shot-blocking machine?
In this category, we can think of Chris Tanev, Mattias Ekholm, and obviously David Savard.
«And when we look at what the defenseman (Chris Tanev) did during the first two rounds, we see that at 5-on-5, he completely shut down the best opposing players, whether it was Jack Eichel in Vegas or Nathan MacKinnon in Colorado. The Stars scored six goals and allowed only one when Tanev was on the ice against these two guys at 5-on-5, and that was in nearly 120 minutes of play.» - Félix Forget

I am convinced that David Savard could do the same.
Chris Tanev and David Savard are almost identical defensemen. In both cases, all their defense partners look good, and in both cases, they are ideal partners for a young offensive defenseman.
«Next year, it might be different, and with Tanev making a huge difference in Dallas, we can think that other teams will want to get 'their Chris Tanev,' whether it's this summer or at the next trade deadline.» - Félix Forget

And it could absolutely be David Savard, at a very high price.
A file to follow, but I'm really starting to think that a team needs a David Savard if they want to compete for top honors.
Ekholm was traded for defenseman Tyson Barrie, forward Reid Schaefer (a first-round pick), and first- and fourth-round picks in the 2023 draft.
Without necessarily saying that David Savard will fetch as much, it shows that there is potential.
Credit: DansLesCoulisses - Chris Tanev est en train de faire grimper la valeur de David Savard en flèche
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