Canadiens Rumors: Montreal Contemplating 3 Trade Offers for David Savard

The Montreal Canadiens will need to be blown out of the water to move defenseman David Savard. 

The team loves what he's doing for mentoring the young D in Montreal and even though they could cash in and should cash in because of how far they are from contending, it doesn't sound like GM Kent Hughes is willing to pull the trigger.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings have all been snooping around so there could be some legs to a deal before 3pm Friday. Savard is signed through next season at $3.5 million and does not hold any trade protection. He's a shot-blocking wizard who can play top-four minutes and kill penalties, something playoff-bound teams could always use more of. 

Savard prefers to stay in Montreal, from all accounts, but moving to a contender could be something he has no control over if Hughes is blown away by an offer. 

So far it seems like it will take at least a first-round pick and prospect to get Savard from the Habs, much more than we've seen on the market for the likes of Chris Tanev and potentially Matt Dumba out of Arizona. Both Dumba and Tanev are pending free agents and the extra value comes from the extra year of control.

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