In a tight salary cap world teams need to get creative if they wish to improve their team. Something the Tampa Bay Lightning managed to pull off Saturday afternoon as they landed David Savard from the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Here’s the three-way trade between Tampa, Detroit and Columbus landing Savard in Tampa ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/ZCVCpaogkR
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 10, 2021
The lightning managed to snag the best available Defenseman on the market this trade deadline. The 30 year old defensemnan doesn’t always show up on the score sheet but is one of the best shutdown blueliners in league. This year he has just 6 points in 40 games with the Blue Jackets.
Here is how the trade went down:
- The Blue Jackets traded David Savard to the Detroit Red Wings for Brian Lashoff, they retained 50% of Savard’s $4,250,000 cap hit.
- Detroit traded David Savard to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Tampas 4th round pick in the 2021 draft and Detroit retained 50% of David Savards cap hit.
- Columbus traded Brian Lashoff to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Tampa’s first and fourth round picks in the 2021 NHL draft as well as their third round pick in the 2022 NHL draft.
A super complicated trade but the lightning got it done and increased their already substantial odds of winning the stanley cup by a wide margin.
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