David Savard Inks 5-Year Deal

The Columbus Blue Jackets come back from Labor Day weekend with a new five-year deal in place for defenseman David Savard, the team announced on Tuesday.

The team did not disclose terms of the deal, but the Columbus Post-Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports that the deal carries an AAV of $4.25 million, with the spread outlined below. The deal helps the Jackets lock up another piece of their young core, buying up three years of Savard’s UFA status.

Savard completed his second full NHL season last year, playing all 82 games, blowing away previous career-highs with 11 goals and 36 assists.

Savard is a key piece for Columbus, with little progress made over the summer on improving the Columbus blue line. Their forward group is very intimidating and there are a lot of solid pieces on defense, but they’re without a true top pairing and a number one guy. Though GM Jarmo Kekalainen has pointed out that with the defense healthy at the end of last season — also after trading away James Wisniewski — the team finished strong with the defense performing above expectations.

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