Life without Savard

If the Bruins are in fact going to shut down Savard for the remainder of the season, how should they fill that spot? There are many different scenarios that the Bruins will look at before the trade deadline.

1. Call up Zach Hamill.  Hamill is a former first round pick and has 28 points in 44 games this season for Providence. Hamill is looked at as a play making center but his defensive game is lacking, meaning he may not be best suited for Claude Julien’s system, which could result in him getting less minutes than Tyler Seguin.  Ideally, Hamill would slot in as the third line center with Seguin and Wheeler being moved back to the wing.

2.  Leave the roster as is and keep Blake Wheeler or Tyler Seguin at center.  Both have played center this season,  but neither look comfortable there. Seguin continues to look scared every time he has the puck, therefore he is probably best suited to skate the wing for now.   If the lineup stays as is, Daniel Paille would continue to play on the fourth line.

3. Promote Campbell, call up a grinder. If Claude Julien were GM this is the scenario that would take place. Campbell has been great thus far, playing with speed and energy the entire season. However, moving Campbell up the depth chart would leave the Bruins vulnerable on two lines.

4. Make a trade for a center or a winger. While the trade market will probably be slim, especially with almost every team in the Western Conference still in the mix, the Bruins have the ability to move prospects and picks to acquire a 2nd line center.  Another scenario for a potential trade is to acquire a winger and have Seguin or Wheeler play center.  This scenario could be made likely if either of the two play effective in the middle. The Bruins could start looking at teams such as Ottawa, New Jersey, NY Islanders, and Edmonton as potential trading partners.


109 Responses to Life without Savard

  1. Haus says:

    Won’t vote here. Perhaps you call up Hamill in the interim while keeping an eyeball on the trade front. That being said, you don’t necessarily have to trade for a center, it could be a winger then you play Wheeler as a center. I would rather have Campbell stay where he is, not because he couldn’t handle it, but more because he wouldn’t have to change his game and keep that 4th line solid. Seguin at this point in time seems more suited at the wing, but over the next few weeks we could see him mature. All 4 of the scenarios that are listed may occur over the course of the next few weeks.

  2. God is on OUR side!!!!!! says:

    how bout we call up Jamie Arneil, hes tearing up the AHL

  3. bill says:

    we have the best goals against. we need a winger period

  4. Bodangus says:

    This team *NEEDS* another top 4 defensemen and a 1st/2nd line forward – Would love to see Dustin Brown in a B’s uniform….

    • pearson says:

      we are the best in the league in goals against. and thats without boychuck playing to his best. i cannot understand why people keep saying we NEED a defenseman? sure we could upgrade, but why upgrade on D when the offensive depth is still not really solidified?

      by the way, seguin is a center, i think now is his time to get his nose stuck to the grinding stone. everyone kept saying we have incredible depth at center. heres his time to shine and show that this team doesnt ness. need savard.

      • #4 says:

        This team has a true #1 Defenseman.

        Then a bunch of 4/5/6 defenseman in Siedes/Ference/Kampfer/Boychuck/Mcquaid. Thats why the need another top pairing Dman.

        Come playoffs having another guy to eat up 25mins a game would seriously help Chara keep fresh and keep his offense going. IMO when the big guy gets tired hes O game goes away.

      • ccm says:

        I’d hardly call Seidenberg a 4/5/6 defenseman, and Kampfer is showing that he has the ability to be a 2/3 guy as well. I’d rather have a winger than a puck-moving defenseman because this team has yet to show a need for another d-man carrying the lowest GA in the league. Granted Tim the Tool Man Thomas has alot to do with that, but the defense obviously plays a large part in it as well.

      • #4 says:

        This formula works great in the regular season CCM.

        But not so in the playoffs you need at least 2 Defenseman to take the heat. But Im sorry Siedes is a 3 at best, kampfer could be a 2/3 but he is not one yet.

        To win this year filling that hole is very important. Otherwise just like PHI did teams will gang up on Chara in the playoffs and the defensive depth(or lack of) will be exposed once again.

  5. Bodangus says:

    The regular season means nothing – this team gives up way to many scoring chances, they’re lucky that Thomas is playing out of his mind…thats why they NEED another top 4 defenseman.

  6. Bodangus says:

    …..And by nothing I mean who cares if your team is 1st in goals against during the regular season…it doesnt always translate into playoff success.

  7. ELWOPPO says:

    These mother fucken habs! Thier winning AGAIN! I dont get it? 2 points behind kids!

    • lucic crew says:

      Elwoppo you worry to much the homos are going to make the playoffs plain and simple. Dont worry they will not take are spot and if they do i guarantee by the end of the season we take it back. GOOOOOOOOOOO BSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!

      • ELWOPPO says:

        If thats the case stop calling me to check the score when ur at work! If ur so sure thier making the playoffs and NOT taking our spot than u shouldnt get pissed when they win, RIGHT?

  8. Studlycodfish says:

    I can honestly say there’s nothing I hate more in this world that the ( insert swear word here) Habs!!!! Go Bruins Go!!!

  9. #4 says:

    IMO the team should try one of 2 things now in Savards absence.

    Option 1.

    Option 2.

    Something about Lucic/Wheeler/Horton seems like it might work to me. The dynamic would be there, wheeler can grind and pass(thats about all he can do), Lucic Shoot Hit move the puck up and down ice, Horton is the sniper. The line would have the right dynamics along with all 3 have decent speed and it would probably be the biggest 1st line in the NHL.

  10. ELWOPPO says:

    Can someone tell me how much money is comming off the books after this year AND NEXT? Only cuz I know we gotta re-sign Krejci and Rask at some point next year!

  11. mook says:

    will zach hamill ever play in the nhl? no.

    • CCMGoalie says:

      Hamill’s been a bust. The kids decent in the AHL, but he just doesn’t have that extra gear that we all thought he had to make the leap to the big club.

      If Savard is done for the season, I say call up Caron for the time being, and make a move for a solid top 6 winger. We’ve got Centers. Everyone knows that. No one could shut up about how deep we are at Center. We are not in danger there. We do need to get someone who is a proven goal scorer. Horton was supposed to be that guy, but so far he’s struggling to adjust to the pressures of playing for a team expected to do more than finish in the bottom 5 of the league every year. He will come around in the next couple seasons, but for the mean time it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick up someone for the rest of the season. IF it were feasible, (AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD THIS IS A GIANT IF, I AM AWARE OF THIS. DO NOT GET ON HERE AND CRUCIFY ME AND SAY THAT I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE HELL I AM TALKING ABOUT AND I’M A GOD DAMN IDIOT. I AM AWARE OF HOW MUCH OF A QUESTION OR UNLIKELYHOOD THIS IS) IF we could I’d love to see Brad Richards come over and throw on the Black and Gold, I don’t think he’d have the choice of wearing the 91 as Savvy already has it attached to his roster spot, Savvy would have to give it up for that to happen.

      I would also be surprised to see this happen, as much as I’d like it to, because Dallas has found a bit of a resurgence in their game since Langenbrunner (or however the fuck you spell that) showed up.

      Parise coming to Boston, as nice as it’d be, (I know it was a hypothetical suggestion) this is highly unlikely because the money doesn’t match up quite right. We’d probably have to send someone down or include some bigger names that we aren’t willing to part with just yet.

      Another possiblity could be picking up someone from Minnesota or Columbus, two teams that are looking to bolster their defense and have a little bit of offense that they could send our way as well.

      Look for Stuart to play against Dallas if these Stuart for Richards trade rumors are at least on the table. If Stuart is in the lineup against Dallas I wouldn’t be shocked to hear more buzz about this trade.

      • Haus says:

        Richards isn’t going anywhere you god damn idiot!!
        Just kidding…

        As far as my Parise hypothetical, I don’t see Parise going anywhere, but if he does it would be around the draft. I think contracts expire on July 1st. NJ will go as long as they can to get him signed, and by the time the draft rolls around in June they will have their answer. The return for Parise would probably be higher then too, seeing that the market for him would be larger as teams would have more cap space.

      • Haus says:

        The whole NJ/Parise hypothetical I put out there wasn’t a trade proposal, just looking at it from NJ perspective.

      • CCMGoalie says:

        Haus, I get that you were going from a NJ perspective, wasn’t trying to “stoke” the fires.

        I don’t see either player going anywhere, but I do see the Bruins making some sort of move at or before the deadline. Especially if Savvy is done for the year, which is a really large possibility with this being his 2nd concussion in 10 months.

        If Savvy is going to be shut down for the year, we should be looking for someone who can really control the puck on the powerplay. Whether it be a defenseman or a forward. We don’t necessarily need a puck moving defenseman so much as we need it to be SOMEONE who can make our PP look like it isn’t run by the peewee team I coach.

      • #4 says:

        Parise would cost at least.

        TOR 1st
        Min 2nd
        Bos 1st 2011

        Prospect(Coblourne/Suave/Caron) and a Roster Player (Wheeler, Stuart, Boychuck etc..)

        Id still do it.

      • #4 says:

        Richards is not going anywhere, DAL is pushing for a cup this year.

        Imagine if we traded Chara just because TB Needs a top end defenseman???

        Not going to happen.

      • JRy says:

        I wouldn’t trade the Toronto pick. I’d rather not get parise then include the pick.

  12. ELWOPPO says:

    Tuukka vs Raycroft 2nite! Didnt they get traded for each other? Now they go head to head! WOW!

    • CCMGoalie says:

      Should be an interesting matchup. I just hope the rest of the team shows up to help support Tuukka and puts some numbers up on the board.

      Sidenote: STEVE OTT, with this “Forrest Gump-line” motherfucker running around look for the game to get rough and Matty Niskanen to curl up in the corner and cry with flashbacks from 2 years ago playing in his head over and over.

    • lucic crew says:

      I call you from work to see if your in mouse hole. And your right i shouldn’t call you your news is ALWAYS bad news.

  13. lucic crew says:

    Lets go tuke time to shine GOOOOOOOOOOOOO BSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

  14. lucic crew says:

    #4 i would do that for parise in a heartbeat.

  15. jmed says:

    why would we promote Hamil, hes a bust. Bring back Jordan Carron

    • #4 says:

      Lookint at it add 2013 first round as well probably lol.

      • #4 says:

        oops meant to respond to lucic crew.

        this one is for your jmeds

        Peter Chiarellin on Hamil (paraphrased)

        “Zach has shown alot of consistency and is producing well lately. He seems to have turned a corner. There is a chance you could see him up sometime soon”

      • jmed says:

        Thanks for the follow up, its good to hear hes doing better. That whole draft class was pretty much a waste so its nice to see our picks getting close.

  16. Vince_M says:

    OK everyone I would like to ask a question here or more like get people’s opinion.

    What does CJ have to do to get the best out of Seguin? And, will Seguin blossom into the player that everyone has hoped he would?

    Just kinda curious here. I have seen some great flashes but everyone here is starting to say he is afraid of his own shadow. I haven’t had a chance to see any games lately so I don’t know.

  17. lucic crew says:

    #4 ill do that too, in all honesty i just dont see it happening man i would love to be wrong.

  18. black n gold says:

    I love the parise talk if we could get this that would be insane !! If this guy is available then we trade almost anyone to get him. We badly need a star player like him not a half a star horton or any other crappy player PC has brought in and if he is available whether savard is here or not we better get him or Im calling for PC head cause I have yet to see PC do something that truely helps our team ( ie fernadez too much money ) ( Widemen 4 Boyes really ) ( Morris overated garbage ) ( Versteeg 4 who Bochenski ) ( resign Ferance 4 more money when he was hurt almost the hole time hes been here ) and then trade our best goal score 4 picks witch yes we got lucky to get a top 5 pick but who did he get to replace his goal scoring NO one!! So to all u people that take shots at seguin and horton myself included maybe we should talk about the man upstairs still doing nothing to make this team great not average

  19. Caperfan says:

    B’s need a puck moving power play specialist defenceman and a true scorer to make a good play off run. Special teams are vital in the playoffs and the Bruins need a better power play and we all know it.

  20. pearson says:

    im gonna say it again: Dustin Penner.

  21. Bruins says:

    Wow my usual stream sites are gone. Does anyone have a link?

  22. black n gold says:

    Dude i respect your opinion on penner but listen we have 2 possibly 3 guys that play the same way looch horton at times wheeler we need speed badly Hemsky maybe and contract would work if no savard and has 1 yr left at 4 mill so that would mean we dont resign Ryder or savard is still out. Has mad skill but here again injuries follow this guy. No Penner here please yes he’s good but doesnt fit our needs

  23. Gcole says:

    One second in and Campbell gets fucked up.. Great start :/

  24. Bruins says:

    Best. Game. Ever.

  25. Bruins says:

    This is fucking surreal. 3 fights in 4 seconds!!!!!

  26. gibbz says:

    yes jack, i’m having fun!

  27. gibbz says:


  28. Bruins says:

    This is the best start in hockey history. I stand by that.

  29. pearson says:

    wow. dallas is really a contender?

    raycroft who?

  30. pearson says:

    ahahahaha how hard is dallas slamming on the reset button right now?

  31. Bruins says:

    I have never seen anything like this. 2 goals, 4 fights (3 wins by the B’s), and an amazing save by Rask less than 4 mins in.

  32. Bruins says:

    Anyone remember how the Dallas game in 08/09 really got the season going for the B’s?

  33. Gcole says:

    Campbell got busted up pretty good, hell of a punch from Ott as much as I don’t like him il give him credit for that one

  34. Bruins says:

    I ❤ Bergeron

  35. gibbz says:

    bergeron for captain please?

    • Haus says:

      It doesn’t matter. Bergeron has been my favorite Bruin since they came out of the lockout but to me it still don’t matter.

  36. Gcole says:

    Savard who? They look fine to me!!!

  37. Bruins says:

    Holyyyy fuck Shawn “Stamkos” Thornton!

  38. Haus says:

    Kathryn Tappen just summed up what I was thinking: so much to say so much to write I don’t know where to start.

  39. black n gold says:

    WOW that’s it that’s all WOW

  40. lucic crew says:


  41. backbruin says:

    that effort nobody and i mean nobody can touch us!!! sticking up for each other quick smart passes, bergy finishing with more and more scorer’s touch…the funny thing is we had four fights and won 3, and anybody on here may have been knocked out with the shot campbell took and he stood up and kept throwing!!! this is what we have missed….this is the feeling i had when i watched neely in the late 80’s eraly 90’s…if we could botle this shit up i would ask all of us t5o donate anything we could to keep it!!!

    wow this was a period for the ages!!!

  42. Haus says:

    Bullshit call.

  43. Bruins says:

    Fuck you refs. This isn’t the little leagues. If a team gets their ass beat, they get their ass beat. No need to protect them with bullshit calls.

  44. moast says:

    Wow…..I just got home from the hospital as my son was just born and I get to watch this with him for his first Bruins game. His name is Max and that is exactly how they are playing!!! WoooooHooooo!!!!

  45. Bruins says:

    If I made the NHL I would just skate around all the time with my head down like Sawada. Then no one could hit me because it would always be a blindside. Fucking bullshit.

  46. willisss says:

    I’ve been rock hard all game

  47. ELWOPPO says:

    Someone fight steve Ott please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Mook says:

    Well that settles the paille debate

  49. Bruins says:

    Might actually be good if Paille is suspended. I don’t get what was so wrong about the hit, but maybe we’ll see Caron up again, or Arniel.

  50. Gcole says:

    Tuukka what the fuck dude..

  51. Bruins says:

    What the fuck Tuukka?!

  52. Bruins says:

    Seguin with the sweet release.

  53. Gcole says:

    Wanna see Bergeron get the hat trick, then the night will be complete

  54. moast says:

    Solid game by Tuukka then some softies….Rust?

    • Haus says:

      Perhaps. I’ve seen a few rebounds he usually doesn’t give up too.

    • lucic crew says:

      haha good one moast with the black and gold blood. Sweet game boys, nice game tuke couple soft ones but sweet saves that could of easily been goals. GOOOOOOOOOOOOO BSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

  55. Gcole says:

    Bergy with an empty netter for a hat trick, calling it. With 2:45 left

  56. Bruins says:

    So friggen close Bergy

  57. gibbz says:

    great game, but the only thing i didnt like was seguin only got 5:35 of ice time. paille played half the game before getting ejected, and he had 7:00 TOI. doesnt make sense. i know he needs to earn ice time, but if you dont give it to him, how does he earn it. other than that, EVERYTHING was perfect tonight. instant classic. GO B’S GO

  58. gibbz says:

    zach hamill called up

  59. JRy says:

    Haha that’s ironic everyone was just saying how hamill won’t be called up anytime soon and it took then about 10 minutes after the game to call him up!

  60. zamer says:

    Hell of a game by the bruins now they seem to play better without savard.I read today that one former savard linemate did not like him very much because of his atitude when they were in Atlanta.This team feeds off bergeron,hes just the best two way player in the game and you see it every game…..BY THE WAY THE PLAYER IN ATLANTA WAS HOLIK.

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