The Tampa Bay Lightning are loading up for another Stanley Cup run ahead of Monday's trade deadline.
According to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, the Bolts acquired Columbus Blue Jackets veteran defenseman David Savard on Saturday. Savard was initially traded to the Detroit Red Wings, who then sent him to Tampa Bay.
The Lightning sent the Red Wings a fourth-round pick and gave the Blue Jackets a 2021 first-rounder and a 2022 third-round selection. Tampa Bay also received Brian Lashoff.
After #CBJ retained 50% of David Savard's contract, Detroit retained an additional 50% of the remainder before sending him to #TBLightning.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 10, 2021
With cap space so tight, we will see more of this kind of trade before Monday's deadline.
The Detroit #RedWings today acquired defenseman David Savard from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Brian Lashoff and subsequently traded Savard to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. pic.twitter.com/jLlUqA7xrm— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 10, 2021
Savard was one of the top defensemen available ahead of the deadline. The right-shot defenseman has one goal and five assists in 40 games this season.
The 30-year-old is in the final year of his five-year, $21.25 million deal and will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020-21 season.