Toronto Maple Leafs Add Joel Edmundson But It's Not Enough

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David Savard

David Savard is a 6'1", 235 Lbs right-shooting defenseman. The 33-year-old could be a good defense partner for Morgan Rielly on the top defense pairing. Savard is averaging 20:33 minutes of ice time this season. He has registered five goals and ten assists for 15 points in 40 games. Savard also has 51 hits and 109 blocked shots.

The Leafs adding Savard to their blueline would make the Leafs end of the ice more difficult to play in. Having him join Benoit, McCabe, and Lyubushkin could be fun to watch. Now that they've added Edmundson, they probably don't have interest in Savard. You can have too much of a good thing.

That said, Savard is a step above what the Leafs have and Benoit could always make a nice next-man-up. All of them are willing to play the hard physical style required in the playoffs. Would be great to have something like that at the Leafs disposal. Punishing the other team every time they enter the Leafs zone would make them think twice and keep their heads on a swivel.

Can you really have too many solid defenseman? I'd still consider Savard desite getting Edmundson.

Acquiring Savard would be easier than Parayko. Savard doesn't have a no-trade clause in his contract. His contract is up at the end of next season. The salary cap for Savard is much lower than Parayko's. It is $3.5 million until the end of the next season. Now, getting a divisional rival such as the Montreal Canadiens to agree to a trade may prove to be difficult. It does happen occasionally, but not often. Savard would be a decent trade option if the Leafs lose out on Parayko.