According to Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald, Peter Chiarelli has spoken to Marc Savard about a possible contract extension.
According to a reliable source, Chiarelli has been in contract talks with Savard, who is in the final year of a four-year deal paying $5 million per annum. The camps are believed to have discussed pacts of various lengths, including three years for an average of $6.5 million. Thus far, apparently, Savard hasn’t received an offer he’s willing to sign, though he made it clear he wants to remain a Bruin.
“I’d like that,” said Savard. “We’ve got to be patient. This is where I’d like to stay if it’s possible. I hope it happens.”
If Savard is seeking $6.5 million there is no way I see him back in a Bruins uniform. After this season is over Tuuka Rask, Mark Stuart, and Blake Wheeler will all be restricted free agents. Mark Recchi, Shawn Thornton, Steve Begin, Andrew Ference, and Derek Morris will all be unrestricted free agents. If the Bruins were to sign Savard to a $6.5 million anual contract it would seriously handcuff their chances of signing some of their own players. The Bruins have approximately $40 million committed to salaries for next season, a season where the cap is expected to decrease.