Re: RUMOURS 'HURT' SAVARD according to Ottawa Sun interview
posted at 8/20/2010 2:22 PM EDT
In Response to Re: RUMOURS 'HURT' SAVARD according to Ottawa Sun interview
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: RUMOURS 'HURT' SAVARD according to Ottawa Sun interview : Nobody is blasting Savard for wanting to stay in Boston. Not one person. However, the entire topic does blow your theory of "they don't read the papers" right out of the water. Not surprising, of course, as you do tend to simply make stuff up.
Posted by Not-A-Shot[/QUOTE]
I've disagreed with NAS in the past (although I love his style) but I completely side with him on this one.
No one said Savard isn't wanted. Every single professional sports team is a function and product of moving pieces, especially in this day and age. Factors like ability, positional need, and salary are some of the important issues that come to mind.
Every professional athlete takes on the inconveniences of their career choice- it's a trade off. They get women, fame, mind boggling money and play the sport they love instead of working. They deal with media idiots, crazy fans, injuries, gold-diggers, and the very real possibility of ending up in another city based on today's team situation.
In the Bruins' case, they have too many centers and too much salary. Hmmm, what to do? Trade a player with a ton of value who makes $7M a year? That's a possibility. It doesn't mean the B's don't want him. Savard getting his girlie feelings hurt is the issue here, and his spouting it to any media source is a terrible choice.
The B's management is not without blame. If they could possibly keep all potential deals out of the paper, they should do so. They are in this position because of horrifyingly stupid signings, most notably Thomas. But you can't trade a broken down backup goalie who makes TWICE the amount the current Stanley Cup Champion young goalie makes... and whose team walked away from. Thats the reality of team construction. TT is untradeable. Ference is untradeable. Ryder is untradeable. You think the B's would like to start cutting salary there? Of course- but they can't.
I personally would love to see the B's keep Savard because they desperately need the offense. But if they could pick up a talented puck-moving defenseman and save some money besides, the B's would be stupid not to do that. And Savard should be bright enough to understand the realities of the game as well, and leave his little "feelings" to talks with his sister.
And anyone who believes this issue would affect a potential player from signing in Boston is even more clueless. It's a business, and every team makes these business decisions every single day. Grow up and get over it.
I'd also point out that being declared a free agent is likely the LAST thing Savard wants. People act like he'd want to leave because of his bruised feelings. The fact is, if he had to negotiate a new contract with that newly damaged noggin, he'd be worth less. This is why the union (rightfully so) will NEVER let those contracts be voided.