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.

Which is how you end up with “Brodeur for Semin !” in newspapers and on television.

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.”,249557

11 Responses to Regarding that Marc Savard-to-the-Blue Jackets rumor


    take Savard out of the trade and include Krejci..

  2. Tachmo says:

    The first thing that comes to my mind when I read this rumour is if this actually happened, it would appear Chiarelli will have lost his mind.

    Is there something I don't know about the 4th pick. Can someone tell me if Fowler or these other dman are that good? I'm sure they are, but they are certainly being hyped like they are can't miss defenceman and the next Neidermayer.

    To trade one of the best set up guys in the league and a player capable of 90+ points a year, plus his cap # is only like 4 million for a 4th overall pick? Even if they swapped Savard in that deal for Krejci, I think Krejci is pretty good. He is not Crosby or Backstrom on anything but I think his value would be much higher than one of these dman?

    Plus including Boston's 15th pick is pure madness. I know I'm a bruins fan, but Savard, Wheeler and the 15th pick for the 4th pick is ridiculous.

  3. Tachmo says:

    Just to clarify I don't think Wheeler is capable of 90pts. I was describing Savard.

    Wheeler is garbage. He has very little trade value and appears to be just a throw in on many rumours.

  4. broc says:

    Savard gave Boston that hometown discount b/c he wanted to stay in Boston- hence the NTC.

    Savard could've just walked as a free agent and signed for bigger bucks, and chosen where he wants to play. I think it's safe to say he isn't going anywhere, especially when the team looks to be a contender the next few years.

  5. broc says:

    Plus, if Boston trade Savard, and then lost Bergeron for another lengthy concussion or injury, they'd be *****ed down the middle.

    I'm not sold on Hamill being a scoring line center yet either.

  6. cam7777 says:

    I think the idea, or at least what I have read around the internet, is that they want to acquire this 4th overall pick, because that is what it will take to land the first overall.  Sounds like Tambellini has told him it would take 2 top 5 picks to get him to flip the 1st overall.  So essentially, they want Seguin and Fowler for Hall.

    That said, trading Bergeron makes a lot more sense to me.  He has one year left on his deal, and is a concussion away from the end of his career.  Even if he stays healthy, if they deal him to CLB, there's a good chance they'll get him back anywyays in summer.  This seems more realistic to me:

    To CLB: Bergeron, Paille, 1st (15th overall)
    To BOS: 1st (4th overall), 2nd (34th overall)

    To EDM: 1st (2nd overall), 1st (4th overall)
    To BOS: 1st (1st overall)

    Word is that Chiarelli wants to make absolutely sure he drafts Kessel's replacement.

  7. Boston_Bruins says:

    And whee is that "word" coming from?

    Come on man if Chiarelli made thos deals (and the second one in particular) he shouldn't only be fired but slapped with a restraining order to stay as far away from the organization as possible.

  8. inurface says:

    done deal
    also who are they targettin with 4th pick?

  9. cam7777 says:

    I agree that it's stupid, but it's less stupid than Savard, Wheeler and the 15th.  GMs can go a little crazy when they really want something.  With all the Hall-Orr connections, and Taylor really wanting to be a Bruin, perhaps Chiarellli sees this as his chance to leave a mark on the organization forever.  In 20 years, will anyone really remember Bergeron, or the guy they draft 15th overall?  Not likely.


    I think the trade with Columbus is pretty fair.. That package to get the 1st overall fom Edmonton is a huge price to pay…


    Isn't Colborne a Center? He must be close to making the NHL..

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