The Montreal Canadiens Just Signed 3 Quebec-Born Players
Welcome to the madhouse, les boys.
The NHL's free-agent frenzy is in full swing right now and the Montreal Canadiens have made some key moves so far, signing three Québécois players on Wednesday.
While Dea will play for both the NHL and AHL, Savard and Paquette will play exclusively for the NHL and are the focus of this article.
Let's meet these two new Canadiens, shall we?
The Canadiens have agreed to terms on a four-year contract (2021-22 to 2024-25) with defenseman David Savard. #GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@Canadiens Montréal) 1627491652.0
David Savard hails from Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec and brings heaps of experience to the team.
The 30-year-old defenceman will bring size and smarts to the Canadiens blueline. Having spent the majority of his career with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Savard was most recently a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who, of course, beat the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final.
For Savard and his young family coming to Montreal was a no-brainer.
"We always loved being in Quebec," he said at a press conference on Wednesday.
"It was our best option [...] it was easy for us to make the decision."
His entire family still lives here, he mentioned, and he looks forward to being able to play in front of his hometown crowd and sending his kids, aged 6, 5, and 18 months to francophone school.
"I don't think I crave the fact of being recognized everywhere, but I think it'll be a fun experience to live around Montreal," he said.
Savard inked a four-year contract at a $3.5 million annual value.
The Canadiens have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Cédric Paquette. #GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@Canadiens Montréal) 1627495247.0
Cédric Paquette was born in Gaspé, Quebec and he too will bring some gritty veteran presence to the Habs.
And while it's strange to consider a 27-year-old a "veteran," Paquette has nearly a decade of NHL experience with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Ottawa Senators, and the Carolina Hurricanes.
Paquette signed a one-year contract worth $950,000.