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Bruins looking to move Marc Savard and Tim Thomas

Jun 25, 2010, 12:15 AM EDT

timthomas.jpgWhile the majority of the Bruins focus of late has been on who they want to take with the second overall pick in Friday’s NHL Draft, the speculation is picking up surrounding a couple of players on their roster that they may be looking to trade. The Sporting News goes into the dirty details.

The Bruins reportedly have given Tim Thomas’ agent permission to seek a trade. And the Boston Herald says Bruins are expected to peddle Savard, a clear indication they are locked in on Tyler Seguin with the second-overall pick.

While it seems strange Thomas’ agent got permission to make a deal, keep in mind that Thomas has a no movement clause in his contract so having him find a place he’d like to go to is a bit more important than the Bruins potentially finding a trade partner that Thomas would nix a deal to. One team that just might be more than interested in talking to the Bruins about Thomas are the Philadelphia Flyers as CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio tells us.

Sources at the Board of Governors confirmed on Thursday that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and Boston’s Peter Chiarelli have spoken about the netminder, who has three years left on his contract and has been replaced as a starter by Tuukka Rask.

Flyers’ sources say, however, they consider Thomas “too expensive,” despite his 2.56 goals against average and .915 save percentage in 43 games last season.

Outside sources say, however, the Flyers are willing to move two players “if” they decide to go the Thomas route and “if” it’s the right players to move. Those sources added the only untouchable Flyers are Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

The Bruins would be faced with the prospect of dealing Thomas to a fellow Eastern Conference rival and having to deal with potentially having Thomas beating their own team on a regular basis. That’s not exactly a heart-warming scenario for the Bruins but when you’re looking for salary relief, strange bedfellows are often had.

As for Savard, who the Bruins signed to a contract extension last December, he too has a no-movement clause in his contract, one that becomes much more limited on July 1st when the new contract begins. So where are the Bruins in figuring out where they’d want to send him? Turns out Joe Haggerty at CSN New England got the details there.

Sources indicate Marc Savard would OK move to OTT, TOR and CHI if right deal was there. Problem: Currently none of those teams want him

Well isn’t that a kick in the pants for the Bruins. It’s also interesting to see that Toronto and Ottawa are on that list. I don’t suppose that Savard would have payback on his mind at all there. I’m sure the Bruins would love to talk to Toronto about something involving Tomas Kaberle but there’s no doubt that Toronto would want a little bit extra from the Bruins to do something like that.

There’s a lot of smoke circulating about both of these Bruins stars so there’s discussions being had about both guys, whether it turns into something more substantial or not we may have to wait until the start of the draft or even July 1st to see what may or may not shake loose. Needless to say, keeping an eye on what the Bruins are doing may become mandatory watching the next week or two.

  1. grimjack - Jun 25, 2010 at 7:19 AM

    “Richards and Carter are the only Flyers that are untouchable”? So the Flyers will trade Pronger and Kimonen? Sounds like a bunch of nonsense. Thomas is worth 5 million a year, yet loses his starting job? The Flyers lost game 6 of the finals not becasue of goaltending, but because the untouchable Jeff Carter couldn’t lift the puck into an open net. It also would help if they took more then 3 shots a period on the opposing goaltender, and not letting the other team take 15 shots a period on their goaltender. I’m just sayin..
    Why not just get a big fat 600 lb guy to be goaltender? They would just have to stand there. It would cost more to fly them around, but you wouldn’t have to pay them much.

  2. NikolaiNYR - Jun 25, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    I don’t know what the Bruins need to pick up the Rangers could use a playmaking center to work with Gaborik. NYR does have draft picks to move.

  3. Andrew - Jun 25, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    I just can’t wrap my mind around the logic of a Savard trade. I realize there’s some things in his game (a percieved soft attitude) that the B’s may not be too fond of, but he’s a playmaking veteran elite center.
    If the B’s land Seguin and I’d presume, the presence of a veteran like Savard for a year or two could be critical to his growth in the NHL. Bergeron even at 26 is a bit of a veteran at this point, but not like Savard.
    If the B’s land Hall, then I’m licking my chops at the possibility of a Hall-Savard-Horton line…

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