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Boston Bruins would be crazy to trade Marc Savard for Mikhail Grabovski

Jun 27, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Savard2.jpgThe Boston Bruins would be nuts to trade Marc Savard for next to nothing (er, I mean, Mikhail Grabovski). They’re considering the idea, though, at least according to the current rumor circulating via Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star. I can see the logic of moving him for a valuable defenseman, but for Grabovski? That would be sheer lunacy.

McGran rightly points out that Savard is making quite a bit of money in the next few years, but his salary cap hit is an absolute steal (a little more than $4 million per year) unless concussion problems render him completely useless. Just look at his teammates; his cap hit is lower than Patrice Bergeron’s and Milan Lucic’s while being in the same ballpark as the hits registered by Michael Ryder and Nathan Horton. While it’s reasonable to worry about the term (it runs through 2016-17), Savard’s new contract keeps him among the league’s best cap bargains.

So, really, the money side of the argument doesn’t work for me at all. One other point being made is that the Bruins drafted a possible impact player at center in Tyler Seguin, giving the team a crowded group with Seguin, Savard, David Krejci and Bergeron.

You might want to sit down, because I have a mind melting solution to that problem. Move someone to a wing. (That’s some McGyver-level inventiveness, right?)

The word is that Savard is willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to Toronto or Ottawa (although McGran reports that Chicago, Montreal and Philadelphia also might be in the mix). My problem with those two Canadian clubs is that they really don’t have much to offer in exchange for a forward who notched 88 points in 08-09 and broke the 90-point barrier twice in his career.

I mean, really, you’re going to give him up for Mikhail Grabovski? Let’s hope Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is smarter than that.

  1. Ghostrider1174 - Jun 27, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Savard only played 40 or so games last year. And when he was out their was talk he might not return to play again.Yes his salary is good but the term isnt. So with all the red flags u say he worth more. U be lucky you get a roster player if any. Yes hes talented but too big of a risk thats why low value for him. One hit and retirement might be for SAVARD. So Boston doesnt need him and they know they cant ask for a guy coming off a very serious injury. If boston wanted Kaberle u have to give Toronto a whole lot more than savard.But i have a feeeling Burke already has a place for Kabs just waiting for offers to get better.Good to be a Leaf fan .
    Toronto will get him. Stalberg Savard Kessel speed speed speed = explosions. Plus free agency fill ins turning out to be a good summer.

  2. Tony in Maine - Jun 27, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Please consider the source of the rumor.
    And, Chia is not MOC.

  3. atomsplitter - Jun 27, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    James O’Brien, I can’t agree more with your assessment here. I personally think that Savard is going nowhere. Seguin has played wing in minor hockey and I’m sure that he could play wing again and wait for an opportunity to present itself later. It is always a bonus when you have a winger who can take a faceoff when the centerman gets waived out. Grabovski makes no sense for another reason. He is a centerman and the reason for trading Savard would be because they have too many centerman. This proposed trade solves nothing other than making the Bruins a weaker team. I can’t see this deal happening.

  4. BsFan2279 - Jun 27, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Great article defending Savard James O’Brien! The Bruins powerplay with and without Savard last year (21% vs. 12%) was evidence enough of his impact to the team. He is one of the top 5 passers in the NHL! He had a rough Philly series (after winning Game 1 in OT in his first game back) but he shouldn’t have been playing at all. If you trade Savard then all of the B’s offseason momentum and offensive improvement is lost. Like you say lets hope PC isn’t that dumb. But I’m worried because ran Kessel out of town last year that he doesn’t like skilled offensive players who aren’t bangers or great in their own end. And once someone gets in his doghouse they’re gone. Let’s hope PC doesn’t run Savvy out but I’m worried. Ghostrider you’re a moron.

  5. JDC - Jun 27, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Did you just said “good to be a leaf fan”
    Are you kidding?
    What is good about it?
    Besides the fact that you get to watch your team nationally televised even though they are the least skilled and most hated team in the NHL.
    Life must be good.

  6. mick_2727 - Jun 27, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    the leafs will get savard for kaberle and more . ty for kessel a proven scorer, seguin and the other draft will not be as good as kessel. like the yankees, were the most hated and most loved

  7. Lawrence - Jun 27, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    You are kidding right? That would be an idiot move.

  8. BrusFan31 - Jun 27, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Take it. Savard was and is a great player. I feel bad for the guy, but he’s one elbow away from a career-ending injury. That $4-mil cap hit doesn’t look so great when he’s in early retirement. There are 7 MORE YEARS on that contract. He’s 33 next month. Do the math.
    They key, here, is to unload the contract of a player who won’t be in the NHL in 3 years, and get a roster player in return.
    Sorry folks, but the Savard contract is bad. He’s got to go. By this time next year, we won’t get a penny for him.
    Besides, we ALWAYS win in deals with Toronto … Tuukka Rask, Tyler Seguin … there’s a midas touch. Don’t fight it 😉

  9. MURNL - Jun 27, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Bruins would trade Savard to move a centerman, why would they get another one?

  10. bruinsBB - Jun 27, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    I am and always will be a Bruins fan.. I understand fully that players come and go.. It sucks, and it’s hard when it’s one you love.. I love Marc Savard. and not just for his But I see it both ways… Yes he is fantastic, and the thought of him with Kessel, and getting the Savvy chant makes me sad.. But his injury is huge, as well as his paycheck.. The B’s will do what they seem to think is best.. If Savvy goes let’s just hope it’s for the best.. AND at home games, I will not join in the chant, if thier is one. TIME WILL TELL.. UNTIL THEN NO ONE KNOWS!!!!!!!!!!! STANLEY CUP 2011!!!!!!

  11. Dclooney - Jun 27, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    The Bruins are stupid if they trade Marc Savard. They should concentrate on getting rid of their 5 million $ back-up goalie. They maynot have Sturm for most of the season, he just had his 2nd serious knee injury in the last 2 yrs. granted Marc Savard had a bad year injury wise last year, but you could see the difference with him there and not there. Marc savard has a center with Sequin and Lucic as his wingers is what the management team should be salavating over.

  12. Dan in Michigan - Jun 28, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Remember Savard is one solid hit from being out of the league. That being said you cannot overlook his upside.
    If its the Leafs, could be for Grabo and a young D man prospect. I don’t see it being Grabovski 1 for 1. Or a 3-way deal that ships Savard & Thomas out, Kaberle and Thomas to third team, Grabo and prospect(s) to the B’s, Savard and additional cap money to be eaten by the Leafs.

  13. Denise c - Jun 30, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    I think if Cam Neely’s first move is to try to get rid of Marc Savard, I will not like Neely as president. Mark Recchi’ statement about Savard were not very encouraging. I don’t know why they wouldn’ relish a Savard, Sequin, Lucic line.

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