Prohockeytalk.com, the NBC hockey blog, is reporting a rumor in which the Bruins would send Marc Savard, Blake Wheeler and the #15 pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for the 4th overall pick, in which they would draft Cam Fowler or Eric Gudbranson.
Not. Going. To. Happen.
First off, Marc Savard has a NTC, and he just signed a lifetime contract at a very good cap hit. He, when healthy, is still a top 5 playmaker in the league. A 4 million dollars, he is a steal. Second, trading him, and Wheeler AND the 15th overall to move up 11 slots is a little insane in a very deep draft, where picks 3-20 are in no ways a locked order. Third, we would be trading our best center, our arguably most skilled winger (sad, isn’t it?) for a prospect who may not be NHL ready. We were the worst offensive team in the league, this would not help us.
If you need cap space, you trade/waive Michael Ryder, Marco Sturm, Tim Thomas and/or Matt Hunwick.
I don’t see this deal happening. A realistic offer for the #4 pick would be #15, #32 and Brad Marchand or #15 and Wheeler.