Montreal Canadiens Rumor: David Savard Reunion In Tampa Bay Coming?

Feb 15, 2024; New York, New York, USA;  Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Savard
Feb 15, 2024; New York, New York, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Savard / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens have struggled in the month of February and will surely be sellers ahead of the March 8th trade deadline that is fast approaching.

That deadline is just nine days away now and the Canadiens will have some tough decisions to make between now and then. One player that will receive plenty of interest, but doesn't necessarily need to be moved, is David Savard.

The veteran right shot defender checks a lot of boxes for contending teams. First of all he plays the right side, he kills penalties, blocks shots, is a trusted leader and adds a does of experience from his Stanley Cup triumph with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2021.

He just so happened to beat the Canadiens in that Stanley Cup Final before joining the Habs on a four year contract with a $3.5 million cap hit. He has played well for the Canadiens, doing the job he was brought in to do on a nightly basis and takes care of business in his own zone while adding a small dose of offense as well.

Before winning the Stanley Cup with the Lightning, Savard was acquired by them at the trade deadline for first and third round draft picks. It certainly worked for them back then, so one insider wonders if the Lightning will try to reunite with Savard this season.

David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period was on TSN 690 Radio and he floated the possibility of Savard being traded back to the Lightning.

Savard would help fill a void on the Lightning blue line, as they could use some extra depth on the right side with Erik Cernak. The Lightning also lost Mikhail Sergachev to injury and he will be out for the regular season at least. They need help on the blue line and they know what to expect with Savard.

The only problem is the extra year on Savard's deal which the Lightning might have a hard time making room for in 2024-25. Of course, the cap is supposed to go up quite a bit so it is possible they could make room.

Savard is a great leader to have on the Canadiens with so many young players on the roster. But if a great offer comes along they have to move any veteran player. Savard is definitely one to keep an eye on as the trade deadline quickly approaches.