Marc Savard to the Leafs??? and other Rumors

Report: Savard willing to become Maple Leaf or Senator

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Report: Savard willing to become Maple Leaf or Senator

When Tim Thomas gets traded — and let’s not even pretend that statement needs an “if” — the Boston Bruins will be moving a player who essentially played his way out of a job and into the role of backup goalie to starter Tuukka Rask(notes).

The Bruins can’t be blamed for moving him, and Thomas couldn’t be blamed if he sought a move.

But Marc Savard’s(notes) cir*****stances are different. The notion that the Bruins would sign him to a “lifetime” contract with a no-trade clause and then seek to trade him was preposterous in its logic. That it’s apparently what GM Peter Chiarelli is attempting to do is, frankly, an insult to the concept of franchise/player loyalty.

Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet is reporting that Savard has agreed to waive his no-trade clause if it means playing for either the Toronto Maple Leafs or Ottawa Senators. Savard probably didn’t hit them on a dartboard while blindfolded; it fair to assume their courtship. In fact, before the Bruins took Savard out of the UFA market, the Leafs seemed like the likeliest suitor.

Savard to the Senators makes sense on the Ottawa depth chart, but what would the Bruins look for in return?

The Bruins have a logjam at center and can use Savard’s $4.2 million cap hit if he’s no longer in the plans. But the more you think about the plans, the more you feel for Savard. Was that seven-year deal with the friendly cap hit Chiarelli’s way of keeping Savard not as a popular star in Boston but as trade bait? Did Savard have a sniff of that plan when saying things like “I wanted to stay in Boston for the rest of my career and it looks like I’m going to have that chance” after signing a 7-year deal?,251603

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Marc Savard’s $4 million per cap hit and cap-friendly buyout are bargains. So it’s not necessarily the seven-year term of the contract that’s scaring off potential interested Boston trading partners, it’s equally the center’s increased susceptibility to concussion following last year’s assault by Matt Cooke.

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Leafs may have some interest in Savard, but Kaberle won’t be included if that trade happens.

Rumors from the Toronto Sun

Don’t be surprised if UFA LW Ray Whitney signs with the Lightning on July 1. He has a close relationship with Bolts GM Steve Yzerman from their playing days in Detroit. The Lightning want a veteran presence in the room and Whitney would be a good fit if Yzerman wants to change the culture. The issue: The market is thin, which means Whitney is going to have a lot of opportunities. He will likely get a two-year deal in the $3.5 million range and don’t be surprised if more than 10 teams make a pitch. He’s an impact player and isn’t going to be nearly as expensive as Ilya Kovalchuk on payday … The Wild tried to entice the Bruins to deal them either David Krejci or Patrice Bergeron. Boston isn’t in the mood to deal either player. Minny also made a run at Florida’s Stephen Weiss, but he’s the one player that Dale Tallon doesn’t want to move.

It didn’t go down Saturday but the Bruins are working on a deal involving Marc Savard. He is going to have to waive his complicated “no move” clause before he goes anywhere, however, Savard isn’t likely going to kill a trade so the Bruins don’t have any worries. The Coyotes, Rangers, Thrashers and Leafs are all looking for help at centre. Savard has Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa on his list of preferred destinations this season … There are two teams trying to acquire Nabokov’s rights from the Sharks before July 1. The Flyers are making a hard push, but there’s a strong belief the Tampa Bay Lightning may also be in the mix … The Ducks aren’t sure what to do about winger Bobby Ryan. He hasn’t signed a contract extension, but they have to decide if a deal makes sense … An NHL executive on Tomas Kaberle: “He’ll be dealt, but I’m not sure the market exists that the Leafs keep talking about. They need get a top six forward and that’s a lot for somebody to pay. Sooner or later, they’re going to have to make the move. That’s reality.”