Cap? What Cap! Tampa Bay Lightning trade for David Savard in 3-way deal with Blue Jackets and Red Wings

Credit where credit is due to Elliotte Friedman. He called this one when he wrote the Lightning were a stealth team to land David Savard from the Blue Jackets. Upon reading it I was scratching my head trying to figure how they could make it work cap wise – but here we are.

Tampa: Still think the Lightning are a stealth team on David Savard.

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Tampa Bay Lightning land a top trade bait candidate in David Savard

David Savard is a 30 year-old righty defenseman that will be a UFA this summer. His cap hit this season is $4.25 million but that didn’t scare the cap strapped Lightning off. The 6-2 defender has 6 points in 40 games this season; but Tampa isn’t getting him for offense. They wanted a gritty rearguard to shut other team’s top players down. He’s considered one the better shot blockers in the league and will bolster an already good Lightning defense.

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Mar 30, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard (58) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

We will update the entire trade when finalized. However, Savard was informed he’s been moved to Tampa.