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Associated Press

Contenders make moves, get head start on NHL trade deadline

The defending Stanley Cup champions found a way to get better, the NHL’s top team solved a problem that has hurt it in the past, and another filled a major void created by an injury. The cap-strapped, reigning champion Tampa Bay Lightning surrendered three draft picks to get defenseman David Savard, the Colorado Avalanche landed veteran goaltender Devan Dubnyk, and the Florida Panthers did something to compensate for Aaron Ekblad’s absence by acquiring defenseman Brandon Montour. “I wanted to get David Savard on our team, and the sooner the better,” Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois said.