Coming off a season that saw him log 82 games for the first time in his career, David Savard figures to be an important asset on the Blue Jackets' blue line once again this season. We caught up with him after a workout at Nationwide Arena to get his outlook on the upcoming season and see how his summer has been.
CBJ.com: What have you been up to this summer, other than working out?
Savard: "Not much, to be honest. I have a one-year-old daughter, so she keeps me running all day. I go work out in the summertime in the morning, then after I go home and hang out with the family."
CBJ.com: When you have been working out this summer, who have you been working out with?
Savard: "Mostly guys that play in Europe, younger guys. A few guys stopped and went different ways with their families, but I have a few guys, Pascal Pelletier who plays in the KHL, Alex Picard who plays in Switzerland, those guys. Picard played here a few years back. It's mostly the same group, a few guys went to the states because their wives are from there. There are a few guys that are in college, and things like that, that are coming up in Quebec City that are adding up in our group to make sure they keep pushing us."
CBJ.com: Anything in particular you're working on as we get closer to the season?
Savard: "I think it's the same as usual, I just try to keep my speed up. I'm not the fastest guy so I'm always working on that in the summertime. The league is getting quicker, so I've got to keep up with everybody."
CBJ.com: What did you think of what the organization did this offseason, with the draft, re-signing Seth Jones and then signing Sam Gagner ?
Savard: "I think it's great, obviously I think it looks good for the future. Having Jonesy back for a lot of years, he's a huge part of our team. And with the draft, gaining a good young guy, he might be ready to play in the NHL this year, which is a great thing for us. We'll see, I think there's a lot of guys coming up from Cleveland, with the run and them winning the Cup. I think we'll see a push to play on our team, and it's a healthy competition among the guys that will push us to be better this year."