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Could David Savard be on the move? The Canadiens have reportedly set a high asking price for the veteran defenseman.

With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, the Montreal Canadiens are getting a ton of attention surrounding veteran defenseman David Savard. The interest is understandable. Savard is a reliable, stay-at-home defenseman who is a proven playoff performer and Stanley Cup winner.

While a trade isn’t necessarily imminent, the Canadiens do seem willing to entertain the right offer.

Canadiens Set High Asking Price for David Savard

According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, Montreal has a specific return in mind for the blueliner. LeBrun indicates that teams will need to give up either a first-round pick, a young player of comparable value, or a bundle of picks that meet the overall value proposition Montreal has in mind.

Savard’s $3.5 million salary cap hit through next season isn’t a small commitment, but it’s a reasonable investment for a contending team looking to bolster its defensive corps. Playoff teams often prioritize experience and grit when it comes to shoring up the blue line ahead of a deep run.

Whether or not a team meets the Canadiens’ asking price remains to be seen. However, Savard’s status is certainly one of the most intriguing stories to keep an eye on as the trade deadline inches closer.

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