Rumors are rampant that the Bruins are looking to trade veteran center Marc Savard. Not sure why they are so eager to trade him. His cap hit at 4 million dollars is an absolute bargain and with the right linemates, is still a PPG player and easily one of the top 5 playmakers in the league.
Some reporters said the Bruins are looking for cap space, so are willing to take a “soft deal” for Savard. Well, considering Michael Ryder makes 4 million dollars, I doubt the Bruins trade their most gifted offensive player for close to nothing for cap space. Also, it seems like there is a good chance Tim Thomas is traded.
Sure, there is a glut at center, but thinking Tyler Seguin will step in and give you 60 points is asking a lot. Also, Patrice Bergeron is a UFA after next season, so unless they already have a deal in place, no guarantee he comes back. Seguin and Bergeron could be pushed to wing.
Now, long term, Zach Hamill and Joe Colborne are centers who are fighting for spots, so maybe they are trying to make room for them. If Savard is traded, it will be for a bonafide winger or defenseman. Considering most of the great PMD are not going anywhere, trading Savard for a top winger would be a good idea.
Also, the rumors may be there because the Bruins think they can get Jeff Carter for Tim Thomas plus, so they are looking to move Savard. Who knows, but, I will tell you trading Savard for peanuts is highly unlikely to happen.