Marc Savard hopes brass can score some help

Stephen Harris

Bruins players are braced for one or more significant trades to occur soon after the NHL trade embargo is lifted at midnight tomorrow.

Indeed, there is expected to be a flurry of activity across the league before the trade deadline arrives at 3 p.m. Wednesday. While some players – maybe the ones who figure they could be on the move – expressed hope no Bruin gets dealt, center Marc Savard hopes general manager Peter Chiarelli can land some scoring help.

“Yeah, we could use that, for sure,” Savard said. “We haven’t been able to score as much as last year. It’d be nice, it’d be really nice. So hopefully (Chiarelli is) trying to do that.

“I’m not sure what his plans are. But if not, we’ve got guys in here who’ve done it before. We haven’t had the best of years, but it’s just a matter of guys stepping up.”

The Bruins have inquired about 37-year-old Carolina winger Ray Whitney. That deal is complicated because the free-agent-to-be has a no-trade contract and is reportedly not willing to waive it unless he gets a two-year extension from his new team.

Rumors persist, too, that the B’s remain interested in Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle. Veteran Aaron Ward, who’d love to come back to the B’s from the Hurricanes, has also been speculated on. Might not Anaheim sniper Teemu Selanne be a good fit here?

Savard knows it’s not a pleasant time for players who think they could be traded.

“It’s a tough situation,” he said. “Some guys are really thinking about it. I know they are. You can say you aren’t, but it’s on your mind, for sure.

“It’s an exciting time for everybody else around the league, watching what’s going to happen, especially the way it’s going to work out now. Everybody waits till the last minute.”

Defenseman Derek Morris has been traded three times in his career, and hopes neither he nor anyone else will be departing the Bruins in the coming days.

“It’s definitely a difficult time, because we really care about each other in this room,” Morris said. “We don’t want to see anybody move.

14 Responses to Marc Savard hopes brass can score some help

  1. number15 says:

    Savard was suppose to be one of those players that made other plays better…… maybe he needs good scoring wingers to rack up assists to, just as much as ppl thought others needed him.

    his value has fallen alot in my view, just from seeing these facts….. plus its not like Boston has no decent wingers at all.

    plus he is up there in age. good thing he signed long term in Boston cause if he became a FA, he wouldnt get such a deal……… i was hopeing the Leafs sign him to play with Kessel. though now i have changed my mind.

  2. blaze says:

    Savvy's got good stuff, he's just not elite.

  3. futurebruin says:

    He may not be elite, but he is pretty close to it.

  4. bbruins37 says:

    "i was hopeing the Leafs sign him to play with Kessel. though now i have changed my mind."

    lol big shock. try playing through injuries the entire year with an injured lucic and a rotating cast of guys like bitz, begin and paille on the other side and still put up near a point per game

  5. cam7777 says:

    Don't kid yourself, Savard is excellent for his cap hit.  Like bbruins said, Crosby would have a hard time making a go of it with Paille and Bitz on his wings.  Of course, he's had Bergeron, Sturm and Ryder there too, but the man wants a sniper.  It sounds to me like Savard liked Kessel, even if the rest of the dressing room didn't.

  6. bbruins37 says:

    sturm has barely played with savard. he's usually with bergeron, and bergeron is only with savard on the PP, and is on the point there usually anyways. ryder is pretty much always with krejci, and even if he was with savard would that even help him? he's useless this year.

  7. leafmeister says:

    I liked your idea of dealing Bergeron for Gagne plus.

    How about this blockbuster:
    To Phi: Bergeron, Brad Marchand, 1st 2010 Bos, 2010 2nd TOR
    To Bos: Gagne, James Van Riemsdyk

    Bergeron and Richards would be beast together, and Bergeron is cheaper. Marchard will round out into a serviceable, engery, 3rd liner and Boston's 1st will likely hover around 13th-18th overall.

    Boston gets both a sniper and power forward. Gagne would be dynamite with Savard, and JVR is still young, and could add to an excellent future for Boston.

    Gagne and Bergeron are pretty much a wash, but JVR is infinately better than Marchand, so the picks even that swap out.

  8. bbruins37 says:

    bergeron and gagne isn't a wash though. bergeron is 5 years younger and for however much people say bergeron is injury prone, gagne is worse. both are great offensively and defensively with the edge going to bergeron defensively and gagne offensively, but bergeron still might be able to get back to 70+ points, which is the best gagne has done. defensively i think the gap is bigger as bergeron might be having a selke nomination-worthy season this year.

    JVR is worth the rest of the deal for sure though, so the deal isnt all that bad, but there's still no way i'd part with bergeron for that.

    and for timing, if you're suggesting this would happen before the deadline there's no way that big of a shake up would happen in the middle of the season for two teams just in the playoffs.

  9. leafmeister says:

    Okay, but what is in Boston clearly wont get them out of the mediocre state they are in now. Bergeron is an excellent player, but IMO, Krejci could do the same job he does. So in the off-season, they grab a checking line center, and have potent offense, the usual good defense, and good goaltending.

    Dump Ryder's salary to whoever will take him, acquire Samuel Pahlsson for a pick. Resign Morris.

    Wheeler-Krejci-van Riemsdyk



    You cant win without having guys to score goals.

  10. futurebruin says:

    Well, hopefully next year Krejci moves to second line center with Wheeler and Bergeron on his wings and the third line center is Joe Colborne.  I can't wait for that kid to come into Beantown.

    _____UFA_____ – Savard – Lucic

    Wheeler – Krejci – Bergeron

    Paille – Colborne – Sturm

    Bitz – Sobotka – Thornton

    Chara – Stuart

    Wideman – Hunwick

    Boychuk – McQuaid


  11. leafmeister says:

    This is tough for me to say, but you may have Taylor Hall patrolling one of those wing positions next year.

  12. bbruins37 says:

    such a drastic change isn't necessary when the team hasn't put a full line up on the ice all season.

    i dont think it's a matter of krejci doing bergeron's job. it's not like having 3 centers like this makes one completely useless.

    im not saying it's a bad trade, it's just that giving up bergeron when he is likely to round back to form even more offensively is not something i want to do. there's also the possibility that we get hall or seguin to join the top 6 as early as next season

  13. bbruins37 says:

    no need to rush colborne in. i think we see him in providence for at least a full year next season

  14. bbruins37 says:

    also, bergeron has got to be at center. this isn't based on the two minutes i've seen him play on the wing at the olympics, as he played well whenever he played wing on boston, but he's just so much more effective at center.

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