Re: Jack slams the door on Savard Rumors...
posted at 9/2/2010 6:07 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Jack slams the door on Savard Rumors...
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Jack slams the door on Savard Rumors... : Why do, Savvy lovers, ignore the evidence that if Savard had been healthy all season last year and played the entire 82 game schedule, he would have likely amassed a grand total of 66 pts based on his measly 33 pts in 41 games ? Why do they ignore his play from the seasons 1997-2005 where he scored between 6 and 65 pts in a season ? The fact is that Savard isn't a point per game scorer over his career, and doesn't belong in the same sentence as Marcel Dionne or Gilbert Perrault. He also seems to be on a sharp downslide from his season of peak production when he played with Kovalchuk for the Atlanta Thrashers.
Posted by RMiller87[/QUOTE]
I realize you have ADD and have trouble focusing, but Savard didn't just miss time last season with injuries, he played
with injuries. He broke his foot in training camp and played on it, then finally went on IR after blocking a shot and making it worse; after coming back he tore his MCL and missed more time, but did not undergo surgery and came back with a brace on his knee, before finally being KO'd by the concussion (and come back from that
, as well. Wow, what a selfish guy, huh?). If he actually had
been "healthy all season and played the entire 82-game schedule," he probably would have been what he's been through his entire tenure with the Bruins - a player who scores more than a point per game and quarterbacks what had been, until they lost him, a strong power play.
That he isn't a PPG player over the course of his career means next to nothing. He wasn't a Sidney Crosby who burst right out of the gate as a superstar; he was the 91st pick in the 1995 draft and worked his way up. What's important is what he's doing NOW, not what he did in 1997 or 2001 or whatever. In four years with the Bruins, he is averaging 1.057 points per game
. Among centers, he trails only Crosby, Malkin, Thornton and Datsyuk in point production. He's ahead of Backstrom, Getzlaf, Sedin, LeCavalier and Kopitar.
A sharp downslide from his peak production? Are you serious?
Atlanta (05-06, 82 games): 28 goals, 69 assists, 97 points, 100 PIM
Boston (06-07, 82 games): 22 goals, 74 assists, 96 points, 96 PIM
Boston (07-08, 74 games): 15 goals, 63 assists, 78 points, 66 PIM
Boston (08-09, 82 games): 25 goals, 63 assists, 88 points, 70 PIM
Boston (09-10, 41 games): 10 goals, 23 assists, 33 points, 14 PIM
That's a "sharp downslide"? Also interesting to note is that under Julien, Savard's PIM totals have dropped fairly significantly. Perhaps you were looking at the PIMs, rather than the points?
Please, if you're going to make these sorts of claims, make the effort and take the time to back them up. Wild accusations about Savard never being the player Gil Perreault was (who says he is? More importantly, who cares?) are irrelevant, and come across simply as a bizarre vendetta against someone the Bruins need to play well if they're going to have any chance at winning the ultimate prize.