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Rumor: Boston to trade Wheeler, Savard to Columbus for 4th overall pick

Jun 17, 2010, 7:47 PM EDT

Wheeler.jpgI’d like to preface this post with a quick disclaimer: right now,
this can only be classified as a rumor, although one that certainly
seems to have legs. Proceed with caution.

Pro Hockey Talk has
learned of a possible trade in the works, with the Boston Bruins dealing
Blake Wheeler and Marc Savard to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange
for the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. It’s likely
that the Bruins would also include their 15th overall pick in the deal
as well, leaving Boston with both the second and fourth pick in the
first round.

Talking to another source, PHT was told that the Blue
Jackets are interested in trading away their pick, although as of now
there is nothing concrete in the works as far as a trade goes.
Considering how reliable our source is for the information regarding
this trade proposal, it seems as though there is certainly something
substantial in the works although there is no guarantee this is going
down. It’s also important to note that Boston including that 15th pick isn’t certain, although you wonder if Wheeler and Savard alone are worth the 4th. So you’d think something else would have to come back Boston’s way, although I doubt they’re looking to take on much salary in this trade.

Here is where things get dicey however, if this is in fact the proposed trade. Marc Savard has a full no-trade clause that he would have to waive and Blake Wheeler isn’t under contract for next season — he’s to become a restricted free agent after making $2.8 million last season. Savard would have had to agree to be traded to Columbus, something I haven’t even caught wind of being a possibility. While it’s certainly possibly, that right now is the big sticking point in this deal.

Columbus is also hoping to acquire top line center this summer (hence the rumors about a possible Spezza trade) and while Savard has decent numbers throughout his career I’m not certain he’s the level of center the Blue Jackets are hoping for on the first line. That being said, he would still help fill a void on the Blue Jackets roster and allow them some flexibility to not have to give up a ransom this summer to make either make a trade for center or overpay in free agency.

For Boston, this is a trade that works in freeing up cap space while also giving themselves the ability to instantly infuse the franchise with two outstanding and talented young players, one of which will certainly make an immediate impact. The cap space is important, especially if the Bruins are looking to make a big splash in free agency — Patrick Marleau, anyone?

So, at first glance this trade proposal leaves you shaking your head a bit but it makes sense if you start to break it down. I also think that the Bruins would be giving up a ton for that 4th pick, but if they use that cap space to make a big free agency signing it will all even out.

Once again, at this point this is just a rumor — although one that is from a very reliable source. This isn’t a trade that is finalized, so the parts may change and it may fall apart, but what’s the NHL draft without some crazy trade rumors?

  1. hmmm - Jun 17, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    savard, wheeler, and the 15th pick to move up 11 spots in the draft? seems absolutely crazy to me, doubt it happens. if this is true there must be something coming back to Boston in addition to the fourth pick

  2. Gerard - Jun 17, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Umm that’s a lot give up, given that either Gudbranson or Fowler will be the best player available in that spot. Yeah, both are good, but not Savard + Wheeler + 15th overall good.
    Besides, does Savard’s new contract not have a NTC anyway?
    Eklund gives this one an E4 and a solid thumbs up.

  3. Anonymous - Jun 17, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    ahahahahahaha E4 nice ek reference…you made a good point though, savard does have a NTC and i doubt he waves it to go to columbus ha

  4. Brandon Worley - Jun 17, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    If you notice, I mentioned Savard’s NTC right away. That right there screams that this isn’t exactly the trade that would go down.

  5. Bruce Shoebottom - Jun 17, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    Savard has been romantically linked to Blake Wheeler during last season so it would make sence to send these two love birds packing.

  6. Jake - Jun 17, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Not a chance in hell a deal like this happens. Boston just signed savard to a long term (cap friendly) deal to remain a bruin for the rest of his career. How terrible would it look if they go and trade him right away? Makes Boston management look bad and would cause Free agents to think twice before signing with the bruins. Not to mention how badly the bruins get fleeced on this deal.
    at least the draft will be over in a week and these articles will stop popping up

  7. Anonymous - Jun 17, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    haha funny that you mention that because when I first read this article i didnt see any mention of savard’s NTC LoL

  8. Brandon Worley - Jun 17, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    It’s in the first line of the third paragraph and is inherent in my argument about the trade’s validity. Please, the NTC mention has been in there from the start.
    Now, the article was initially posted with just the info on the trade then updated with the analysis so perhaps that’s what you first read. But if anyone knows me, if I miss a piece of info I’ll acknowledge that it’s been added after being corrected in the comments.

  9. bringbackzherdev - Jun 17, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    as a Jacket fan, this trade would be amazing. give us a #1 center and help on the powerplay.
    For the Bruins – it seems like it could help clear salary for them in addition to getting another solid young player in the draft.
    Not resigning Wheeler and getting Savard off the books could help clear the way for space to extend Chara or trade for Spezza. Plus, they already have 2 solid young centers in Bergeron (also in need of a new deal) and Kreji so I could see them trying to part with Savard, especially with Hall/Seguin on the way.
    Even though Savard’s deal is cap friendly they don’t want to be paying him anything when he is 36 years old and they can be paying Bergeron/Kreji and it’s time for their #2 picks second contract

  10. bringbackzherdev - Jun 17, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Brandon, I think you made it VERY clear that is was just a rumor and explained well. Sounds like Jackets and Bruins might be having talks and going back and forth about what the Jackets might want for the #4.
    Again, I think it sounds legit, as the Jackets desperately need a #1 center to play with Nash, but can’t afford a 7-8 million a year player but could afford Savard’s deal. I think Savard wouldn’t want to stay where he is not wanted, and I think playing with Nash would be appealing.
    With Bergeron and Kreji playing well in the playoffs I think it is reasonable that they would be willing to part with Savard, though I would think another roster player from the Jackets might have to go back the other way.

  11. Anonymous - Jun 17, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    “Please, the NTC mention has been in there from the start”
    Yes I read it when it first came out with only the rumor info. It may have been included after you updated with your analysis but, in fact, it was not mentioned when I first read the article so I was just messing with you a bit haha. I am glad you updated it with your analysis of the NTC because that is obviously a big factor in any deal involving savard and shouldn’t be ignored.

  12. Brandon Worley - Jun 17, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    No worries, and you’re right it’s a big part of this rumor. In fact, it’s that issue right there that’s making me pause.

  13. Jason - Jun 17, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Dude…no offense, but whoever wrote this knows nothing about Hockey.
    1. Marc Savard, when healthy is a top 5 playmaker in the NHL. NOT a second line center…and certainly worth more than some unproven rookie.
    2. The Boston Bruins went from 2nd overall to last in scoring last year. Why…on God’s green Earth would they trade their best offensive player (plus Wheeler..Plus a pick -hard to even write this)…for a DEFENSEMAN????
    Try another hobby.

  14. Cory Pfohl - Jun 17, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    I think P Bergeron, and B Wheeler for the #4 overall makes more sense. PB is a UFA after ’10 and a good #2 C w/ an (unfortunate) injury history.

  15. Anonymous - Jun 18, 2010 at 5:56 AM

    This actual makes some sense because it fills a need for both teams. Nash needs someone that can pass to him and the Bruins if they draft Seguin are going to have an overabundance of centers. Two of those are real playmaking centers (Savard and Krejci) and given that one guy is 24 and the other 32, I’ll stick with the younger of the two.
    PB isn’t going nowhere. He’s the team leader on and off the ice. His injury history is no different than Savards – both have come back from serious concussions.

  16. B'sFan - Jun 18, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    Boston is stacked through the center position and I wouldn’t be surprised for them to trade one….although, it seems more likely that Krecji would get traded than Savard. What’s wrong with having Savard, Krecji, Seguin, and Bergeron as your centers anyway? Sure it’s a lot of cap space, but that is a TON of playmaking ability. Not to mention, the B’s have super prospect Joe Coborne and 2007 1st rounder Zach Hamill (both natural centers) in the wings.
    The B’s need a winger regardless. However they go after it is fine with me. Wheeler is a waste of space.

  17. Cornelius Hardenbergh - Jun 18, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    “trade savard”

  18. Rick in Mass - Jun 18, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    I think that this could make some sense. My first feeling is that we would more likely be talking about the 32nd pick and the 45th then the 15th. My second thought is that the B’s might then surprise some people and go with Connolly (sp? Connelly) instead of the D-man. I see alot of love for the depth of the D this year with Pysik, Forbort, Mcilrath and others available in the mid to late first round, and the B’s might be looking to secure that dynamic goal scoring threat to develop with Seguin.

  19. Anonymous - Jun 18, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Tell me, why are Wheeler and Savard so “valuable”? Savard is getting past his prime, his numbers were lacking, and he is frequently injured.
    Wheeler NEVER lived up to the hype ever since he was drafted, his numbers have always lacked. The B’s are looking to rebuild, not hang on to hacks just because of their name. 15th pick, Savard and Wheeler aren’t going to be enough to get that 4th pick in this trade.
    Be realistic bud

  20. The dave - Jun 18, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Columbus also needs help and leadership on their defense. Any chance this deal could evolve into Mark Stuart, Blake Wheeler, Zach Hamill (a playmaking center, tho not proven) and the #15 for #4 and #34?
    Something like that would seem to make more sense from the Bruins perspective, and I think would help Columbus address more of their needs. If Columbus is interested, they could even have Michael Ryder, which would give them another scoring threat (unless he continues to suck out loud…)

  21. B from G - Jun 18, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    @ B’sfan…Are you nuts? Trade Krejci instead of Savard? Savard has 2 maybe 3 good years left in him, and he obviously wasn’t 100% after his injury. Krejci is just breaking out of his shell. It would make no sense to get ride of the already proven young center who is improving every year than to keep the aging center who has been injury ridden.

  22. dave - Jun 18, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    what the bruins really need to do is trade marco sturm hate on me all you want for saying that but sense he been a bruin always been injured yea he scores goals but cant score when your hurt all the time

  23. overshine - Jun 19, 2010 at 5:42 AM

    Wheeler is awful and Savard, who was not himself before the concussion, is certainly no guarantee going forward. This is just the kind of managerial maneuver I’ve been waiting for from Chiarelli.

  24. the Donald - Jun 19, 2010 at 8:14 AM

    Trading a center to make room for Seguin makes no sense. The Bruins may have an abundance of centers but they still suck at wing. Seguin starting his career on Savard’s right side with probably Lucic on the left will be the opening day lineup. Finding a winger for Krejci that can score is the task at hand. If that turns out to be Florida’s Horton, so be it.

  25. Tim - Jun 19, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    Im sorry but Savvy just signed a 7 year /39 million extension. I like rumors as much as the next guy but seriously get you “Source” off the drugs, its making his mind mush putty…..

  26. StockforLIFE - Jun 20, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    Savvy’s contract is cap friendly in like 3-4 years… he’s still a top cap guy for the next few seasons. The Bruins staggered his contract this way so that he gets his money in his prime… but we still get some useful years out of him when the providence prospects we have come up and need (earn) raises in a few years.
    That being said…. is it out of the realm of possibility that the Bruins would talk to him behind closed doors about the following scenario.
    The bruins land Hall…. all is good in Bruins land.
    The bruins get Seguin when EDM picks hall… now we have a bunch of centers. So during the 3rd pick of the draft, Columbus and the B’s fire off the trade and instead of the B’s having 5 worthy centers… they make a trade that frees up cap space to make a big free agent move to add a high powered winger possible. we got our centers for the next 5 years, and columbus gets Savvy, who might not mind having a Kovy like player in Nash on his line again. Wheeler has been so hot and cold, the bruins take a risk on keeping him, columbus takes a risk on bringing him in either way.
    You look at the combos like Crosby Malkin… imagine if the B’s were to pull a 1-2 punch like that out of the same draft. It would morph the franchise.
    I say do it.. but only once you know what you are getting with that #2 pick… it’s the only way that it makes sense. No need to trade savard if you are getting hall anyways.
    My 2 cents

  27. Jay - Jun 20, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    Brandon, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch said this about your Boston-Columbus rumor: “It’s bunk. A total fabrication. Hasn’t been discussed. Think no more of it.”

  28. Patricsk - Jun 20, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Bruins should trade Milan Lucic and Wheeler instead.
    If we get sequin, we will be loaded with centers. Than we should trade either Sobotka or Begin. But none of them make money so, we still need to trade someone makes big salary.
    I’d get rid of Lucic, Wheeler and Ryder!
    Savard is good.

  29. James - Jun 20, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Trading Savard is a bad idea.
    Savard was blamed by coach Julien. Too many men on ice was not only savard’s fault. Julien must go!
    Bruins should fire Julien.

  30. Chris - Jun 20, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Julien must go.
    Too many men on the ice was his fault not Savard’s.
    Julien is doing his dirty trick to Savard now.
    he got rid of Kessel last year and he will do the same to Savard.
    Julien was blamed by the fans for sending too many men on the ice and he’s upset with Savard because he did not take a responsibility for it. It’s Julien guys! Savard will be traded, the coach does not want him!

  31. DerekfromNH - Jun 20, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    I LOVE this trade. If it was to go down, not only would it free up some salary space but it would solidify a homerun draft! With a plethera of young talent under 28 it could put the B’s in position to make a run for the cup for years to come. The B’s definitely need to add a top notch goal scorer, sign Boychuck, and lock up Chara and Bergeron to extentions but this lays the groundwork for that to happen. They still have pieces to play with: Tim Thomas. And some luggage to unload: Wideman, Ryder, and Sturm.
    I trust Chiarelli and Neeley.

  32. Dude - Jun 20, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    I trust Neely. Chiarelli is clueless. And, just for thought, Bruins signed thornton to a 3 year deal worth 20 mil back in 05. Three months later, they sent him packing.

  33. StevieB - Jun 21, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    I like this trade for the B’s. In the salary cap age, its not only the assests that you swap, its the salary space you get. If the B’s can make that deal, get a top forward and D in the draft and sign a top free agent, that’s not a bad deal! e

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