David Savard is back with the Blue Jackets for at least one more year.
The St-Hyacinthe, Que., native has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the organization, that will likely see him spend a fair amount of time in Springfield.
Savard, who spent his junior with the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats, came to the pros after playing three seasons in the ‘Q’. During his final season in the ‘Q’, 2009-10, Savard was showered with accolades. Named the CHL Defenceman of the Year, a CHL First All-Star, QMJHL Best Defensive Defenceman, QMJHL Defenceman of the Year, and a QMJHL First All-Star, Savard came to Springfield and lit it up from the blue line.
In 2010-11, his first pro season, Savard tallied 11 goals and 32 assists in 72 games, and parlayed it into a stint with the big club the following year. In 2011-12, Savard split time between the AHL and NHL, playing 31 games with the Jackets and another 44 in the minors.
Last season, however, Savard had a difficult time cracking the Jackets lineup once the lockout ended, only appearing in four games. During his time with Springfield last season — 60 games — Savard registered five goals and 26 assists.
This contract could, realistically, be make or break for Savard. If Columbus is unwilling to lock him up long term, there is a possibility that Savard could get a look from another club when his deal expires next year.
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