(Via Tampa Bay Lightning Communications)
TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired defenseman David Savard in a multi-team trade in which the Lightning give up their 2021 first-round and 2022 third-round picks to the Columbus Blue Jackets and it’s 2021 fourth-round selection to the Detroit Red Wings, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today. Additionally, the Lightning acquired Brian Lashoff from Detroit in the trade. Lashoff will remain with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.
Savard, 30, has skated in 40 games with the Blue Jackets this season, posting a goal and six points to go along with 24 penalty minutes. The St. Hyacinthe, Quebec native’s one goal on the season was a game-winner against the Lightning on March 30 at AMALIE Arena. He registered his 11thcareer multi-assist game on February 7 versus Carolina.
The 6-foot-2, 233-pound defenseman has appeared in 597 career NHL games, all with Columbus over 10 seasons, posting 41 goals and 166 points to go along with a +24 rating and 331 penalty minutes. Savard set career highs for goals (11), assists (25) and points (36) during the 2014-15 season. He set a career high and ranked second in the NHL last season with 163 blocked shots.
Savard was originally drafted by Columbus in the fourth round, 94thoverall, at the 2009 NHL Draft.
After the trade was announced, David Savard met with the media. To hear the full audio click below.
Before the team took the ice, General Manager Julien BriseBois met with the media to discuss the trade. To hear the full audio click below.
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