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David Savard | Defenseman

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/22/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 214
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman David Savard to a two-year deal worth $2.6 million.
Savard will make $1.3 million in each of the next two seasons, a significant raise from the $709,000 he made in 2012-13. The 23-year-old climbed the depth chart and earned significant playing time last season after an off-season workout program made him slimmer and quicker. In 70 games, he had five goals, 10 assists, 28 penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating. He also had four assists and four penalty minutes in the Blue Jackets' first-round Stanley Cup playoffs loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Savard, a fourth-round pick (No. 94 overall) in 2009, will come to training camp in September as the likely third-pair defensive partner of Dalton Prout. But Tim Erixon and Cody Goloubef -- both of whom will need to clear waivers before they can be sent to AHL Springfield -- will compete for that spot, too. The Blue Jackets' top four defensemen from last season -- Fedor Tyutin - Jack Johnson and Ryan Murray - James Wisniewski -- are all returning. Jul 5 - 9:36 AM

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David Savard had one assist in the Blue Jackets' 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh Saturday.

The assist gives the blueliner four in five games in the first round of the playoffs after he had only five goals and 10 assists in 70 regular season games. The Blue Jackets have always liked Savard's offensive skills and he has shown what he can do thus far in the playoffs. He is only 23, so he may be worth a late round flier in deep pools next season.
Apr 27 - 6:55 AM

David Savard found the back of the net in Friday's 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

His fifth goal of the season came late in the third period to give Columbus a chance at a comeback, but they couldn't get the equalizer. Savard has two points in his last two games to give him 15 on the year.
Apr 12 - 10:46 AM

David Savard (illness) returned to action on Saturday.

Savard missed four straight games with the illness. The blueliner was plus-one in 16:05 minutes of action. He has three goals, 11 points and a plus-five rating in 43 games this season.
Feb 2 - 3:00 AM

David Savard (illness) won't return Thursday.

He will miss a fourth straight game because of an illness even though he has taken part in Columbus' past two morning skates (Thursday and Tuesday). "He skated and felt better," coach Todd Richards said. "But to me, he's looking like he's lacking a little bit of color. He's trying to get his strength and endurance back."
Jan 30 - 2:46 PM

Look for David Savard to get back into the Columbus lineup on Thursday after missing the last three games due to illness.

Savard has been missed as the Blue Jackets have dropped all three games in his absence after having an eight game winning streak while he was active. He has three goals and 11 points in 42 games with a plus-four rating.
Jan 30 - 8:18 AM

David Savard is still out with an illness and did not accompany the Blue Jackets to Carolina for Monday's match.

Savard also missed Saturday's game. The Jackets will use either Cody Goloubef or Tim Erixon as both have been called up over the last two games. Savard has three goals and 11 points with a plus-four rating in 42 games this season. Reserve him for now if he is in your lineup.
Jan 27 - 6:27 AM

David Savard missed Saturday's game with an illness.

The Blue Jackets were forced to go with five defensemen as Cody Goloubef was unable to make the game on time as an emergency callup. Consider Savard day-to-day.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 26 - 7:55 AM

David Savard skipped Saturday's morning skate because of an illness.

He will be a game-time decision against Buffalo as a result, but the team has recalled Cody Goloubef so it's probably doubtful that Savard plays.
Jan 25 - 5:17 PM

David Savard (unidsclosed) returned to action on Tuesday.

Savard was plus-one with five hits in 16:14 minutes of action. The blueliner has two goals and 10 points with a plus-seven rating in 32 games, giving him some fantasy value in deep leagues.
Jan 1 - 2:06 AM

David Savard didn't practice on Saturday due to an undisclosed injury.

Savard might still be able to play on Sunday, but Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said Tim Erixon would be inserted into the lineup if Savard's not healthy enough. Savard has two goals and 10 points in 30 games this season.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:34:00 AM

David Savard had a goal and an assist on Saturday.

It was the blueliner's second goal of the season as he now has 10 points in 28 games with a plus-two rating. He is worth a look as a 5-6 defenseman in deep pools.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 05:58:00 AM

David Savard netted his first goal of the season on Thursday.

Savard now has eight points in 24 contests this season. It was also the 23-year-old defenseman's first career game-winning goal.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 09:38:00 AM

Look for David Savard to play on Monday in place of the injured James Wisniewski.

Wisniewski was injured on Friday and will miss at least two games. Savard has been a healthy scratch over the last four games and has seven assists and a plus-four rating in 21 games.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 06:31:00 AM

David Savard has a team-leading plus-two rating this season.

Savard is one of just four Blue Jackets players with a rating better than neutral through two games. He also has an assist as he works to stay with the team after spending the majority of the previous three seasons in the AHL.
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 09:00:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Johansen
2Brandon Dubinsky
3Artem Anisimov
4Brian Gibbons
5Ryan Craig
LW1Scott Hartnell
2Nick Foligno
3Boone Jenner
4Matt Calvert
5Mark Letestu
6Sonny Milano
RW1Nathan Horton
2Cam Atkinson
3Jared Boll
4Corey Tropp
5Jerry D'Amigo
D1James Wisniewski
2Jack Johnson
3Fedor Tyutin
4Ryan Murray
5David Savard
6Dalton Prout
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney