David Savard signed a four-year, $14 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $3.5 million.
The 30-year-old defenseman scored six points (one goal, five assists) in 54 regular-season games with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning last season. He did not score a point in 14 games after he was acquired by Tampa Bay on April 10 as part of a three-team trade that included the Detroit Red Wings.
He had five assists in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Lightning win the Stanley Cup.
Selected by Columbus in the fourth round (No. 94) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Savard has scored 166 points (41 goals, 125 assists) in 611 regular-season games with the Blue Jackets and Lightning, and 16 points (one goal, 15 assists) in 57 playoff games.