As you already know, the Tampa Bay Lightning acquired David Savard from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a three-way deal, which also includes Detroit Red Wings as the third side. As a result the Lightning also received Brian Lashoff, a 30-year old defenseman, who previously played for the Red Wings, the Blue Jackets received the Lightning’s first round pick in 2021 and third-round pick in 2022 and the Red Wings acquired the Lightning’s fourth-round pick in 2021. For more information about specific pieces of this deal and an official press release, please check Justin’s report from yesterday [Raw Charge]
Trade Alert: Lightning acquire David Savard for draft picks https://t.co/LOvGv7qIVF— Raw Charge, a Champa Bay Lightning web site (@RawCharge) April 10, 2021
This trade wouldn’t happen without the help from Detroit. Given the Lightning cap space situation, they needed as much of Savard’s salary as possible to be kept by another team and this is where Steve Yzerman stepped in. Since one team can retain just 50 percent of a player’s salary, David Savard was initially traded to the Red Wings, while Columbus retained 50 percent of his salary. Immediately after, Savard was traded again to the Lightning, Detroit also kept the half of Savard’s salary, meaning that the Lightning received just 25 percent of Savard’s total caphit worth $1,062,500. Brian Lashoff will cost nothing for the Lightning, since he will stay with the Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL. A perfect scenario for the Red Wings, where the team basically bought a draft pick for just over a million dollars.
Despite acquiring David Savard at just one fourth of his cap hit, the Lightning still had to place Jan Rutta on LTIR. Currently the Lightning have $608,000 in their LTIR salary pool. If Rutta’s ready to return before May 8, the Lightning can assign Ben Thomas, which will allow them to activate Rutta, while having just $8,000 under the cap according to Cap Friendly.
After placing Rutta on LTI and acquiring Savard, TBL has $608,000 remaining in their LTI Salary Pool.— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) April 10, 2021
However they will have 7D, meaning if Rutta is ready to return before May 8 they can assign Thomas giving them $1,308,000 which is enough to activate Rutta with $8,000 to spare. https://t.co/GI5TPT6SdM
Here’s a full breakdown of this deal:
We couldn't add this three way trade to our site right away due to its complexity.— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) April 10, 2021
It required 9 separate manual database queries to display properly, but, our trade engine can handle it with those custom edits just fine
Here it is in all it's glory:https://t.co/RoEUAGKJkh
After this deal, the Lightning currently have six draft picks in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, while none of them are either first-round or second-round picks and three of them being the seventh-round picks. This year’s draft however isn’t considered as very strong and more importantly the Lightning, after fixing a hole at the right side of their defence, will have another chance at winning the Stanley Cup.
david savard is a strong defensive defender who should thrive with any of tampa bay's strong left-handed defencemen pic.twitter.com/Gh1LjNh1Yj— dom at the athletic (@domluszczyszyn) April 10, 2021
Julien BriseBois admitted, that he was surprised that he was able to make this deal happen, however it was a highest priority for him this trade deadline, given the state of the Lightning’s right side of blue line. He also said that it’s highly unlikely that the Lightning will make another move before the trade deadline on Monday, but he will explore more opportunities if they appear. [Tampa Bay Times]
“We (essentially) used our draft picks to purchase cap space to acquire a good player and squeeze him onto our team,” BriseBois said. “And I know that we’re going to be a harder out now come playoff time because David Savard is going to be be wearing our jersey.”
“We had the chance to see David play against our team during the last two playoff runs, get to see how hard he is to play against, to see how tough he is and heavy he plays and how reliable he is defensively,” BriseBois said. “And we knew that he’s the type of player that you want on your team for a long playoff run.”
Jon Cooper also noted that a veteran presence to the right side of their defence could play a big role in upcoming playoffs.
Jon Cooper said Savard adds a veteran presence to right side of the D, has played in some big playoff games, has size and is a gamer. "If there’s a part we were looking to add a little depth, that was on the back end. Julien went out and may have got the top prize out there.”— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) April 11, 2021
David Savard is excited to play for his new team and have a chance to win the Stanley Cup this summer. He’s expected to join the team tonight and will practice for the first time with his new teammates on Monday. According to BriseBois, it’s likely that he will make his debut for the Lightning on Tuesday.
Lightning were playing down a player after putting Jan Rutta on LTIR and it kind of showed in the first period. “We’re not making it hard for them to enter” quipped Jeff Halpern after the first twenty minutes. He could have added that the Lighting didn’t do much to get them out of the zone once the Predators were there.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 shots, recording his fourth shutout of the season. According to Evolving-hockey.com he recorded 3.13 goals above expected last night and retrieved the first place in this category in the whole league, after giving it up to Connor Hellebuyck for a short time.
Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his fourth shutout of the season and trails only Philipp Grubauer (5 w/ COL) for the most among all goaltenders. #NHLStats: https://t.co/fe5v2E9WKa pic.twitter.com/1rG576C7eh— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 11, 2021
Ross Colton scored his seventh goal and tenth point of the season. Only three Lightning players required fewer amount of games to reach a 10-point mark in franchise history.
Ross Colton opened the scoring and has 7-3—10 in 15 games this season. Among players to debut with the @TBLightning, only two required fewer games to collect 10 career points: Cory Conacher (7 GP in 2012-13) and Brad Richards (7 GP in 2000-01). #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/5y4sb8Hb2O— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 11, 2021
The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Utica Comets 5-1. Mitchell Stephens, who is on a conditional stint in the AHL after recovering from injury, has seven points in four games.
Clint Windsor recorded his second shutout of the season, helping to secure a 3-0 victory for the Orlando Solar Bears.
Nick Perbix’s St. Cloud University lost the the NCAA National Championship game to the University of Massachusetts on Saturday night.
Unfortunately, St. Cloud loses the championship game and their season comes to an end. Nick Perbix will finish the season with 31GP 7G 16A 23PTS. He took a massive step this season and could possibly sign his entry-level deal with the Bolts soon. https://t.co/rfTqmOX6G1— Future Bolts (@LightningProsp1) April 11, 2021
The Colorado Avalanche traded defenceman Greg Pateryn and a 2021 fifth-round pick for goaltender Devan Dubnyk.
The Carolina Hurricanes held out defenceman Haydn Fleaury as a precautions for a potential trade.
Carolina Hurricanes are holding Haydn Fleury out of the lineup tonight. Could potentially be traded before Monday's deadline.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 10, 2021
The Vancouver Canucks are expected to re-open their facilities on April 11 and return to the game on April 16. According to reports, the league is asking them to play 19 games in 31 days.
The @NHL announced today that, pending today’s test results, the @Canucks will re-open their facilities for practice on April 11, with a return to game play on April 16.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 10, 2021
Schedule changes impacting 15 games in the North Division also were announced: https://t.co/wSSqW13IiK pic.twitter.com/15ubK3Urvp
Nikita Gusev cleared waivers yesterday and reportedly might sign a contract with the Florida Panthers.