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More on the Boston-Columbus trade rumor

Jun 18, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

Our story yesterday on the rumored trade proposal between Columbus and
Boston caused a bit of stir and if nothing else left people scratching
their heads a bit. Before writing up the story, I double checked with my
source on the information he was giving me and then posted the proposed
trade that would leave Boston with the 2nd and 4th pick in next week’s
draft. This morning I followed up, and was assured that this was a
proposal that “has been discussed” by Boston and Columbus.

important to note one thing: not once have we reported this trade as a
done deal or anything other than a rumor. At this point, it’s something
that’s been discussed between the two teams and there’s a number of
factors that could change if this trade does indeed go down.

first and biggest issue with this trade (as it’s been proposed) is the
no-trade clause in Marc Savard’s contract. There was some discussion
last night over whether he currently has a NTC in place; his contract
extension doesn’t take effect until July 1st, but as far as we can
determine he still has a NTC in place with the contract he’s under right
now. When Savard signed his extension mid-season, he made it clear that
Boston was where he wanted to finish his career.

Here is what
Savard had to say in December:

“With all the incredible sports teams they have here and the fans’
knowledge about all the events, it’s incredible,” Savard said. “Since
day one, I look back at the playoffs and to see what could be really
excites me, too, especially when we play the Canadiens in the playoffs
and the way fans react. It’s something that we’d like to try to finish

“When I signed a seven-year deal, obviously it was to play the whole
seven years,” Savard said. “So that’s how I look at it right now and I
think that’s what I’m going to be true to right now. I really haven’t
thought about anything else.”

It was obvious that Savard at the time made it clear he wanted to
finish his career in Boston, but who knows what’s happened since then.
It’s also possible that the Bruins have discussed a possible trade
involving Savard, since he could be the center the Blue Jackets are
looking for, while thinking there’s a chance he waives the NTC.

With this just being a discussion between the two teams, it’s likely
the parts will certainly change. If Savard isn’t willing to waive his
NTC, then you wonder if the Bruins have the parts that the Blue Jackets
would want in order to give up the 4th pick.

As of now, we’re nowhere near reporting this as a done deal. It’s
likely not close either, especially as I learned this morning that this
trade was still in just the discussion phase.

I understand some of the responses I’ve seen on here and on Twitter,
especially when a trade rumor of this magnitude seemingly comes out of
nowhere. I can guarantee that this is not a “total fabrication” and that
this comes from a reliable source. Is it being reported as fact? Not
even close.

[Thanks to Greg Wyshynski for
pointing us to the Savard quotes]

  1. bringbackzherdev - Jun 18, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Aaron Portzline from the Columbus Dispatch says he was told there are no discussions:
    — Don’t believe the “rumors” of a blockbuster with Boston. Howson, like most GMs, can’t be expected to respond to every hairbrained idea, but The Dispatch has been told that such a trade has never been discussed by the two clubs. But, really, people. Savard has a no-trade clause. He makes $7 million per season for the next few seasons after re-upping with Boston just last season. The deal would have the Blue Jackets adding $9 million in payroll, which puts them at the salary cap.

  2. Duggie - Jun 18, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    savard isnt going anywhere because the bruins are sitting real good just the way it is..

  3. Quisp - Jun 18, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Re denials of trade rumors by GMs:
    Yes, but see Dean Lombardi/Justin Williams to LA rumors. Total denial followed a day later by the actual trade as rumored (plus an added 2nd round pick Lombardi had to throw in to keep the deal alive after the press got wind of it). Lombardi immediately apologized to Rich Hammond for lying to him, but it was completely understandable, in my opinion. I don’t even understand why reporters ask these questions and expect reality-based answers. The whole enterprise depends on secrecy. If you air a proposed trade out in the press, it changes the circumstances of the trade.
    The unfortunately tricky side-effect of this is that knowing this (GMs will deny) is what keeps a lot of totally bogus rumors alive.
    Since Brandon reported this as a rumor and advised specifically that it be regarded as a rumor, it ought to be treated as a rumor. That is to say, we get to mull it over and decide for ourselves if it makes sense, how it might make sense even if it doesn’t at first, and how it would change things if it were to come to pass.
    Fun for all.

  4. BostonFan - Jun 18, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Savard’s cap hit on his new contract is 4m, not 7m. you need to get fundemental facts straight.

  5. 123jp - Jun 18, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    We understand his cap his is a shade over $4M (for the next 7 years) but his salary next year-and at least 1 more year after that- is $7M. That’s what was being reported.

  6. Lippy - Jun 18, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Is this rumor up to speed

  7. b's ticket holder - Jun 18, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    I think that this would be a crazy deal! The only way that I would move Savard, would be if it were to send him to Edmonton as the center that they need, with Blake wheeler, and you can even have dennis wideman too!! In return we would then receive their first pick. that would set up the Bruins with Hall & Seguin! Then take the 15th pick, and ship Ryder & Chara to Florida or Columbus and get their #3 or 4 respectively pick, and take Fowler. That still leaves you strong with Sedienberg-Boychuk-stuart-Ference-Fowler-Hunwick & McQuaid as the 7th rotating Defenseman! Now that would be the deals to make!! (Cause Chara is Terrible)!!!!!

  8. Beans - Jun 20, 2010 at 3:23 AM

    Why would anyone with a hint of a brain make that deal and give up the #1 pick for a Franchise altering player? It not only defies logic on your part, but really shows that you are such a huge B’s fan that you’re not thinking clearly. I challenge you to find anyone from the Edmonton side or any other Franchise that would make that deal. It’s ridiculous.

  9. Jay - Jun 25, 2010 at 5:49 AM

    The story was implausible because Savard has zero interest in playing for Columbus. It isn’t one of the five possible trade destinations listed in his partial NTC.

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