Red Wings gain 4th-round pick in 3-way trade with Blue Jackets, Lightning

Detroit helps broker deal that nets draft pick

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard plays during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard plays during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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.

That’s a smart move by Yzerman to gain yet another mid-round draft pick for this year.

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