Regarding that Marc Savard-to-the-Blue Jackets rumor
In this weird week before hockey news hits fast and furious again (NHL Draft, Free-Agent Frenzy, Hall of Fame, 2010-11 schedule release), any hockey trade rumor that offers something above teams swapping fourth-round picks is going to get major play.
Last night, NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk blog made an impact by publishing a rumor/proposal for the Boston Bruins and the Columbus Blue Jackets:
Pro Hockey Talk has learned of a possible trade in the works, with the Boston Bruins dealing Blake Wheeler and Marc Savard to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. It’s likely that the Bruins would also include their 15th overall pick in the deal as well, leaving Boston with both the second and fourth pick in the first round.
PHT followed up this morning with a source saying “it has been discussed,” although with rumors that could be as simple as Scott Howson saying “What about Savard ?” and the Bruins saying “See, there’s this no-trade clause thingy…”
Now, it’s likely that the Bruins want to trade a center with Savard , Patrice Bergeron , David Krejci, probably Tyler Seguin and prospect Zach Hamill all in the mix. That the Blue Jackets would prefer to add NHL-level help by trading the No. 4 pick is practically hockey gospel right now.
But looking at the facts, this rumor just falls apart logically.
Fact: Savard has a no-trade clause now and in his new ‘lifetime’ contract, which the Bruins of course handed him just six months ago, before apparently deciding to trade him to Columbus. (We have an e-mail into Savard’s agent, asking if he’s been asked to waive his NTC.)
When Savard signed that 7-year extension ahead of unrestricted free agency this summer, he told the Canadian Press he wanted to remain with a contender and a contender that played in Boston:
“I think I stated earlier in some articles that I wanted to stay in Boston for the rest of my career and it looks like I’m going to have that chance,” Savard said at a news conference. “So I’m happy about that. Over the last few years, I’ve watched this town grow back into a hockey town. And, hopefully, our goal as a team and as a staff comes true, that we can bring a (Stanley) Cup back to Boston.”