3 under the radar trades the Canadiens must make by the deadline

The Canadiens playoff hopes may be slipping away, rendering them surefire sellers at the 2024 trade deadline.

Feb 13, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Savard (58) celebrates the
Feb 13, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman David Savard (58) celebrates the / David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports
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David Savard would offer leadership and a sound game for a contender

Once again, a team looking for one more leader would benefit from David Savard, especially a young group. Savard was part of that unprecedented 2018-19 Columbus Blue Jackets team that snuck into the playoffs and stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning in the First Round of the postseason, so he knows a thing or two about adversity.

He also won his first Stanley Cup two seasons later in 2021, ironically with the Lightning and against the Canadiens. Since then, Savard has made a living in Montreal on the top-four, and he’s kept up his physical game with 237 hits and 400 blocks across 157 contests as a member of the Habs. 

At 33, Savard could even drop to the bottom-pairing for a team looking for a defenseman who plays with an edge. Someone willing to block shots and finish hits, and can also play on the top-four should injuries strike. Savard checks those boxes, and the stay-at-home blueliner can also pitch in as a member of the penalty kill. 

Overall, Savard offers little value to the Canadiens at this point in his career, given this team’s transformation into a younger group. However, for a contender currently a few rungs higher than the Canadiens, Savard makes for a sound addition down the stretch.

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(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference as of February 20th)