Lightning acquire David Savard in three-team trade
David Savard is heading to Tampa Bay. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Lightning acquire veteran defenseman David Savard in three-team trade

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. 

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. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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