List of NHL Trades for April 10, 2021

by | Apr 10, 2021 | News, NHL, Rumors | 7 comments

The Columbus Blue Jackets trade defenseman David Savard to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a three-team deal. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports the deal breaks down as follows:

– Savard is traded by the Jackets to the Red Wings for minor-leaguer Brian Lashoff with the Jackets retaining 50 percent of Savard’s salary,

– The Wings trade Savard to the Lightning for the Bolts fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, with the Wings retaining 50 percent of Savard’s salary,

– The Jackets trade Lashoff to the Lightning for the Bolts first-round pick in 2021 and their third-round pick in 2022.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The most complicated deal of the day sees the Jackets eat half of Savard’s $4.25 million cap hit, meaning Detroit gets $2.125 million. The Wings absorb half of that, sending $1.065 million to the Lightning.

Another bold, creative move by Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois. He was able to find a way to land a solid top-four, shutdown defenseman in Savard despite having limited cap space. It comes at the cost of a first-rounder but this move signals the Lightning will mount a serious defense of their Stanley Cup title.

The San Jose Sharks traded goaltender Devan Dubnyk to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Greg Pateryn and a fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avalanche needed to shore up their goaltending depth behind starter Philipp Grubauer. Dubnyk should be a good fit there. A former starter with the Minnesota Wild, his postseason experience will be invaluable.

The Sharks, meanwhile, have around $11 million in trade deadline cap space following this move. GM Doug Wilson seems to be setting himself up as a third-party broker for cap-strapped clubs looking to make moves at the trade deadline.

The Buffalo Sabres traded defenseman Brandon Montour to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Montour will help to fill the void from Aaron Ekblad’s absence as he recovers from a fractured leg. He won’t fully replace Ekblad’s offensive skills but his puck-moving abilities should help their zone exits and provide some offense from the blue line.


  1. Hope Wilson can pick up a few draft picks from all that cap space. Wonder who will get the back up goalie call?

  2. The craziest part of the columbus-detroit-tampa deal is that Lashoff is still going to be playing for grand rapids in the ahl.

  3. THAT seems like a very reasonable pickup for Tampa Bay, as in Savard !!!
    You mean Toronto or Boston couldn’t of matched that deal with a higher number 1 pick going back to Columbus ?????

    • Don’t think Dubas giving up a first for a rental, IMO.

    • Isn’t the idea of a rental to go far in playoffs? Only way it’s a “higher pick” is if Toronto bows out early.

  4. The price for Savard is reasonable but only if you win it all. Otherwise, most applauding Brisebois today will make him their whipping boy for the team’s failures in about another 18 months.

    These failures are not just possible, they are imminent. When the last puck is dropped the Lightning will go into a summer where they’re almost $10 million over the salary cap. Draft pick sweeteners necessary to move bad contracts like Tyler Johnson’s won’t be available. As a result the team will likely have to buy him out or retain on his current contract to move him. This will be a net yield of about $3 million in cap space. So instead of having to move just him and one other roster player the Lightning will end up having to move two roster players to become cap compliant. They also won’t be able to re-sign Savard, who at the cost of a 1R, 3R and 4R is surely amongst the most ever paid for a rental. At least last year when they gave up two first round picks for Coleman and Goodrow, They ended up with two players with reasonable remaining term. But, they too may well be now unsignable RFA’s come the end of June.

    So alas, the crime has been committed. Now we all wait to find out if me and other fans of this team feel like the forthcoming punishment was worth it

  5. The TBL investment is a 1st and 3rd round pick to CBJ and a 4th round pick to the Wings.

    It seems like quite an overpay for UFA D they won’t resign and a minor league D they don’t need.

    Considering TBL strength on the backend it seems like more of a move to keep somebody else from getting Savard this year.