posted at 9/18/2010 6:19 PM EDT
In Response to Re: SAVY
[QUOTE]Im a big Savard fan. Day by day, Savard's contract is looking worse and worse. What people don't realize is that a sub par season or another concussion could make his contract an albatross and it would be nearly impossible to move. A 4 mill cap hit for another 6 years. You also have to think whats gonna happen longterm. Right now our top 3 centers are Savard, Krejci, Bergeron. Unless Seguin pulls a kessel, he's not gonna play wing for the next 7 years. What if Seguin becomes a franchise center after 2 seasons. He's not going to be playing 2nd/3rd line for 5 seasons. I can't see savard being productive as a 2nd/3rd line center. Bergeron and Krejci could possibly think that they belong on a line higher than 2nd/3rd. As of right now, I firmly believe that Bergeron will walk at season's end. There was a part of me that was hoping for the NHL to pull a Kovalchuk with Savard's contract just for the sake of the Bruins. Sandog and others, Im a huge Savard fan, but you guys cant deny facts. The fact is we have a 33 year old center with PCS signed for the next 7 years at a 4 mill cap hit, and is also not guaranteed to return to his previous form due to a severe concussion. I believe it is in the best interest for the Bruins long term to deal savard as soon as they can and not take the chance of another sub par year/concussion, which could make his contract unmovable. Keep in mind that Im a Savard fan
Posted by screw-cindy-and-ovie[/QUOTE]
First of all, Savard has a no-trade clause, and probably wouldn't waive it for at least half the teams in the NHL, which cuts down severely on his trade value.
Secondly, if, as you believe, Savard has been severely damaged by his concussion, who would trade for him, considering his contract?
Bottom line, trading him right now is pretty much impossible. Unless you want the Bruins to dump him for pennies on the dollar, perhaps giving up a Joe Colborne or Jordan Caron in the bargain.
As for long term, now
is the time to go for it. Seguin might be a great center down the road. Krejci might be a #1. I'd rather have this team fight for a Cup now than think about what might