Re: Recchi Comments " Speak Volumes"
posted at 6/29/2010 4:17 PM EDT
I think there might be some issues in the locker room that the team doesn't want to come out and say.
Recchi's comments do shed some light on the situation. He said he liked Savard as a player, but didn't say he wanted him to stay. You can call it veteran speak, but with someone like Recchi's history I don't think it's just talk.
The two incidents that stand out to how Savard may be looked at is the hit from Cooke and the too many men penalty on Sobotka caused by Savard in the game 7 against Philadelphia.
Don't you find it odd that the Bruin's best player wasn't revenged after that hit. The team was surprisingly tame considering he was given a head shot. In nearly any other case Cooke would've been pummled immediately following the hit or on the following shift.
As for the too many men issue, Savard made a mistake by going towards the bench and changing his mind at the last second. How he handled the issue in front of the press showed a lack of leadership. Rather than take the blame, Savard claims he didn't see Sobotka coming off of the bench. Whether or not he saw Sobotka, his action caused the penalty, and rather than take the blame he simply shoves it off to leave Sobotka to the wolves.
There's not a lot of evidence showing a warm reception for Savard as a teammate coming out of the Bruins locker room. Whatever reason that may be may be. If these two incidents are how it's shown then that may show more problems than we originally thought for the locker room. Add in Savard's injury history, his age, contract and the possibility of him not returning to his former glory and those are the reasons he may be on the market.
As for the replacement, I think Krejci's play in the Olympics, following the Olympics and in the playoffs show his readiness for the role. The only evidence of his slumping in the first half of the reason is being brought back from his injury too soon. His skills have been getting better and he's been getting smarter as a player. Provided that he's healthy at the start of the season I think he'd be ready for the #1 role.
With everything considered, if Savard is moved I think it'll be because of a GM decision. With the uncertainty of the return of the same skills, and the height of his trade value being right now, Savard is the prime candidate to be moved. The Bruins are getting younger at the core, and with Seguin you may not find the immediate same replacement for Savard's numbers, but you'll find his eventual better version and successor. Like Recchi said, if Chiarelli can get something good enough for Savard he'll consider his options. If Savard OKs the deal then I think Chiarelli will move on it.