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Blue Jackets re-sign Savard — two years, $2.6 million

Jul 5, 2014, 10:25 AM EDT

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are doing well to maintain the blue line corps they had last season.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports the team has re-signed defenseman David Savard to a two-year, $2.6 million deal.

Savard, 23,  has been a depth blue liner the past three seasons in Columbus, but took control of a steady position during this past campaign. He played in 70 games and had five goals and 15 points and averaged 17:50 of ice time per game. In his previous two seasons to that he played a total of 35 games in the NHL.

Savard was part of a defensive crew that featured Jack Johnson, James Wisniewski, Fedor Tyutin, and Ryan Murray as the top-four. With Nikita Nikitin off to Edmonton, he’ll have Dalton Prout and fellow restricted free agent Tim Erixon to battle it out for the remaining two spots.

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