Re: Cap Space
posted at 7/14/2010 9:47 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Cap Space
Trading Savard may be the only answer. Thomas isn't going anywhere. His contract won't allow it. Ryder could be demoted to Providence, but he may not be. He is one of Julien's boys. What happens if Ryder lights it up in the preseason? Not saying he will, but if he does, how do you justify sending him down when the team needs offense? Unlike some others, I don't think trading Savard is a horrible idea. First off, he lost a lot of respect by not owning up to his mistake in game 7 against the Flyers on the too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty. He waved Sobotka on to the ice but then stayed on. Instead of taking responsibility like a leader does, he blamed Sobotka. That's not a move a leader or good teammate makes. I've read in several places that this angered Neely. That could be a problem for Savard. The Bruins are deep at center and Seguin will be a stud center within a year or two. A year ago at this time, I would have been furios at the thought of trading Savard. Right now, I'm not. He didn't do much of anything for the team last year. I know he was injured, but he wasn't always effective when he was playing. I feel that the Bruins have enough depth to compensate for losing Savard. Keeping Savard this year wouldn't be a bad thing, but in the long run, I think it is better if he gets traded.
Posted by lordy4
I know this is the Internet and rumors, half-truths and innuendo are practically required, but the baloney flying around about Marc Savard has reached ridiculous proportions. WHERE, exactly, did you "read in several places that this angered Neely"? Other than speculation on OTHER message boards?
You don't trade a player who has a stupendous body of work for one mistake, nor for heated words spoken out of frustration (if there WERE any heated words. None of us have access to that locker room, and none of us have any clue whatsoever as to what was or wasn't said. The only comments I saw published afterward were relatively mild. Savard didn't exactly fall on his sword, but neither did he point furiously accusatory fingers.)
Usually the Bruins try to ignore the crap that flies around, but Neely did actually address this specific rumor, saying "That's not why you trade players."http://www.nesn.com/2010/06/cam-neely-downplays-any-disagreement-with-marc-savard.html
If every player who ever made a mistake on the ice, or expressed frustration, was traded, you wouldn't have a league.