Why trading David Savard makes sense

David Savard is a veteran with playoff experience and still has some gas left in the tank.
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Few things in Montreal Canadiens land garner more interest than the blueline and within reason; it's a strength, thanks to the youth that are approaching the professional ranks.

One of the many scenarios that come from the Habs' brilliant defensive depth is trade scenarios. Whether it be the idea of sending out a young defenseman to acquire a young forward, which opens up a spot for another defender. Or the idea of moving a veteran, perhaps for a less valuable return, but a B-level prospect or a draft pick.

A particularly interesting option could be moving David Savard, who is only getting older; which is a bit of a yin-yan situation. With his age, comes experience and wisdom; which is helpful for the young blueliners. But it also means that with each passing season, Savard's hopes for a Stanley Cup slip away, while his patience is appreciated; realistically he may not be what the team needs when they are prepared to compete.

Canadiens management undoubtedly respects Savard for what he has already done and has yet to do. But at the same time, hockey is a business and the Habs are deeply rooted in improving the team in any and every way that they can. Kent Hughes will leave no stone unturned to make the Canadiens a playoff juggernaut.

Right now, well this offseason anyway, Savard's value is likely the highest that it is going to be, so the time is now or soon to make a move. It's a delicate situation because on one hand you don't want to rush defence prospects, but you also need to strike while the iron is hot. Savard has become a fixture on the Habs blueline and many of the young defenders have learned aplenty from the veteran.

But all the reasons that he would be a hard player to replace are the same ones that make him an attractive piece to acquire. Certainly, he would be most sensical to move at the Trade Deadline, if the Canadiens fail to qualify for the playoffs. But the best time to move him is this offseason because it will promote hard work from within the organization, giving merit to the defender who shows best at training camp.

It's also worth noting that if the Habs need a defender to fill in the spot left vacant by Savard, Justin Barron is likely champing at the bit to prove himself. David Reinbacher and Logan Mailloux are also hoping to prove themselves. And Jordan Harris, Arber Xhekaj and Jonathan Kovacevic can all play on the right side.