Re: Savard Contract
posted at 7/27/2012 10:31 AM EDT
Savard wouldn't have gotten paid if he retired.
To simplify what the above post SanDog thoughtfully posted, and to highlight how it would effect the B's:
You can't put a player on LTIR unless your salary is OVER the cap already. We're at like $69M out of a possible $70M, so PC can't just say "Savard is on LTIR, so now it's like we're only at $65M, and we can either add $5M worth of salary, or be banking some serious cap space so we can add some studs at the deadline!" Instead, he can add salary up to $74M, however, if he's over $70M with Savard on LTIR, he banks NO cap space, and wouldn't be able to take on a significant contract at the deadline.
By keeping Savard off LTIR, and just banking that margin of cap space, come the trade deadline he can add a player who's contract is worth more than the $1M worth of space he has and the value of the player traded out. So, say Chiarelli were to trade some prospects plus someone on the roster like Caron/Krug... the Bruins could add a contract that had a salary value of Caron/Krug ($1.1M/1.7M), + $1M, +the banked space. By putting Savard on LTIR, the Bruins could only add someone of the same or lesser value of the roster players they'd trade away. So instead of trading Caron/Krug and getting back someone who's very much like Caron/Krug, you can trade Caron/Krug and picks, and bring in someone making around $2.75M/3.35M instead of $1.1M/$1.7M. Or he could even put Savard on LTIR then, and add someone worth $6.75M/7.35M. (Assuming, of course, that you could get that sort of return for Caron/Krug + prospects/picks... not likely. This is just a demonstration.)
Keeping Savard on LTIR gives PC the option to better the team at the deadline instead of adding someone now and hoping he doesn't need to tweak later... and since he's stated that he believes adding new blood at the deadline breathes needed fresh air into the team and that he things that's pretty much always needed to keep from going stale, he'd rather have that option open.