Burke ready to deal and has Savard in his sights

His seven prospects locked up in his suitcase as he returned to Toronto, Leafs GM Brian Burke set his mind on what will be a busy few days leading up to Thursday’s free agent frenzy.

First up is Marc Savard. The Bruins are said to be ready to ship their playmaking centre. The Leafs are in the mix, and the price tag is much cheaper than Thomas Kaberle.

This opportunity is an unintended consequence of the Phil Kessel trade.

When the Bruins drafted Tyler Seguin No. 2 overall with the pick that had gone to Boston in the Kessel deal, they gave themselves an NHL-ready offensive centre. They already had Savard, David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron.

Facing cap pressures of their own, a story emerged out of Boston that they’d love to move the high-earning Savard. Savard has a no-trade, but is said to be willing to waive it, naming Toronto as the front-runner for family reasons. Chicago, Montreal, Ottawa and Philadelphia are the others, according to multiple media reports.

Savard is not really a Burke-type player – he’s not big and plays a bit soft – but Burke-type players aren’t aplenty on the free agent market. Burke has already said he’s not interested in Ilya Kovalchuk, the dynamic New Jersey winger who’s heading to free agency.

But Savard is a playmaker and points producer, with 696 points in 792 career games.

But Savard is a playmaker and points producer, with 696 points in 792 career games.

And Burke wants to add a top six forward, so he might have to have another look at a readily available one – Savard – who just happens to have been Kessel’s former centre. Savard’s cap-hit is a reasonable $4 million, but the money he’s actually getting paid is much more — $7 million, $7 million, $6.5 million and $5 million over the next four seasons.

Burke won’t comment specifically on Savard due to tampering rules, other than to say he’s got an open mind about making trades to make his team better.

The Bruins have committed a tad over $53 million and want some salary cap breathing room. The other player they were marketing at the draft was goalie Tim Thomas and his annual $5 million salary cap hit, now redundant with the emergence of Tuukka Rask.

If Burke trades for Savard, it’s doubtful Tomas Kaberle would go the other direction. It’s believed Burke has already turned that offer down.


14 Responses to Burke ready to deal and has Savard in his sights

  1. mojo19 says:

    Wouldn't it be sweet to trade Stajan and Hagman for Dion Phaneuf? Oh wait…. Grabovski for Marc Savard. lol

    Damn whatever happens, I'll be happy if the Leafs get this guy, as long as the cost isn't Schenn, Kadri, or Kaberle

  2. leafy says:

    Or just for pure fun, imagine this scenario.

    A "soft deal" for Savard. Then a Kaberle for Carter swap. Then sign Kovalchuk.

    The Leafs could be in position for a 30 point jump in the standings. haha

  3. Mapleleaves says:

    someone already said something similar in a previous thread (it may have been you). Also that would be one of the biggest turnarounds ever for a team. Suddenly we're not only trying to get in the playoffs but trying to win the cup.

  4. leafy says:

    It wasn't me, but I'm glad I'm not the only one who fantasizes.

  5. hockey_lover says:

    Leafs for the Cup.


  6. leafmeister says:

    If we got Carter, I would not sign Kovalchuk. Carter needs a new contract next year, and that would be tough to give him if they had Kovalchuck eating up 7-8 mil in cap space.

  7. mon167 says:

    I'm confused i'm hearing different things about this Savard rumor…I hear the Leafs are nto interested or unwilling to give up anything good for Savard so we'll see. Personally, i think the leafs would do very well to get Savard he's a perfect piece to add to the puzzle. If they can get him without trading away Kabere then great but while the Bruins are looking to get rid of Savard you can't expect them to ask for peanuts in return…he's a pretty good player!

  8. Tachmo says:

    How is Savard high earning at 4 million? What does that make Gomez then? Krejci makes a shade less at 3.75 and Bergeron makes 4.75.

    I thought all the talk was Seguin can play the wing just fine.

  9. JoelJoel says:


    As much as I would love to see Savard, and his lowly 4 mil cap hit, with the leafs, I cant see it happening.

    At least wait it out another year with Savard. Unless there is something Boston knows about Marc that makes him useless.

    Seems like an odd deal, but if it happens I think it could be a really good thing. Well, as long as we don't give up major prospects.

  10. mojo19 says:

    It was me, and yes the_word has been talking about Kovalchuk forever, and other leafs fans have been going on about a possible Carter swap.

    I would love for this to happen.

  11. mojo19 says:

    But on the other hand you'll have Kovalchuk…. so….

  12. reinjosh says:

    where is the_word. haven't seen him in a while.

  13. reinjosh says:

    three goal scorers with 50 goal potential? a dream for sure but a sweet one

  14. mojo19 says:

    The_word = LeafsneedSteen

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