The Detroit Red Wings acted as a middle man Saturday in a three-way trade scenario that gained them a 4th-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
Here’s what happened between Detroit, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning that landed defenseman David Savard in Tampa at a reduced salary:
- The Red Wings traded defenseman Brian Lashoff to Columbus in exchange for Savard.
- The Blue Jackets then sent Lashoff to Tampa for a first-round pick in 2021 and a third-round pick in 2022.
- The Red Wings then completed the deal by sending Savard to Tampa for a 4th-round pick in 2021.
Detroit GM Steve Yzerman retained 25% of Savard’s salary while Columbus retained 50% of it. That allowed Tampa to make this deadline signing to bolster their blue line.
Here's the three-way trade between Tampa, Detroit and Columbus landing Savard in Tampa ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/ZCVCpaogkR— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 10, 2021
That’s a smart move by Yzerman to gain yet another mid-round draft pick for this year.
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