Savard, who had a piece of a bone "floating" in his foot per GM Jarmo Kekalainen, underwent surgery Monday to address the issue, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The report adds that Savard played through both a chipped bone in his foot and a strained oblique muscle for most of the season, while recording four goals and 25 points in 65 games in the process. On the plus side, with the blueliner looking at a 6-8 week recovery period, he should be 100 percent by the time training camp rolls around. He's signed with Columbus through 2020-21, at an annual cap hit of $4,250,000.
Savard picked up a pair of helpers, adding a plus-3 rating and two hits in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Hurricanes. Savard went pointless for nine straight in March, but the 25-year-old has managed to reach the scoresheet in two consecutive games after his second multi-assist outing of the year. That gives the blueliner 20 helpers to date, which is still five short of his career high (injuries plagued his campaign).
Savard scored twice in Friday's 6-3 doubling up of the visiting Oilers. He also tied a season high with five shots on goal. Savard tripled his goal output on the season from one to three in this one, snapping a pair of even-strength goals past rookie netminder Laurent Brossoit. The blueliner also has 17 assists in 48 games this year, giving him an even 20 points thus far in his fifth NHL campaign.
Savard received 19:48 TOI in his return from an oblique injury Saturday, recording a plus-1 rating with four shots on net, three blocks shots and two hits. His ice time is likely to trend downwards a little now that Seth Jones has established himself as the Jackets' number one blueliner, but Savard should still see heavy usage on one of Columbus' top two pairs. Without big power play minutes, however, he'll have a hard time matching last season's 11 goals and 36 points, so don't expect a big second half from Savard in most fantasy formats.
As expected, Savard (oblique) will return to the lineup Saturday night against the visiting Senators. Columbus may be last in the Metropolitan Division standings, but the team is still fighting hard with a 5-3-2 record over the past 10 games. Savard's presence in the lineup has significant implications as he's averaged just over 24 minutes per game this season and has a playmaker's touch as well. The fourth-year blueliner has recorded 16 points in 39 games this season.
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