Re: why move savard?
posted at 6/27/2010 12:07 PM EDT
You know, Savard has been dogged his whole career by allegations of his immaturity, and his attitude and character had been called into question in the past.
It seemed he had grown out of that, and matured into a decent person and a great player.
However, now that he's on the trading block, I've been using my 20/20 hindsight to see if I can't figure it out:
-When he got laid out, nobody came to defend him
-When Thornton eventually fought Cooke, it was more to save face as an organization than to avenge Savard
-In the now just-as-infamous-too-many-men call, he quickly threw Sobotka under the bus when it was clearly Savard's fault
-Claude Julien just as quickly threw Savvy under the bus to publicly blame him for the penalty.
-In a game last season he called Crosby a *ussy and when asked him to fight, Savard mocked him and said Crosby was hiding behind his face shield. Crosby immediately had the equipment manager remove the shield before his next shift. When he followed up with Savard, Savvy skated away and avoided Crosby the rest of the game
I'm thinking that Savard's attitude, although improved over the course of his career, still has moments where he feels superior, and acts accordingly. If this was my teammate, it would be tolerable but annoying. However, after signing a mega-contract, maybe his ego got a little too big and he started wearing out his welcome in the locker room.
In which case, the events of and immediately following game 7 vs Philly might have put people over the edge.
Not to mention, maybe management blames Savvy for not only the bad penalty, but the way he handled himself throughout.
PC has talked openly about the mistakes he's made as GM, from the Dave Lewis debacle, to criticizing his own off-season moves last summer and how he didn't focus enough on the chemistry of the team, and how his moves would impact it.
Maybe some of these moves he's making are not just to improve the on-ice product, but to also improve the locker room, which in turn produces better results on the ice.
He re-signed Recchi. He let Wideman go (I'm sorry, but as great a person as he probably is, and no matter how good he *can* be, if he was my teammate, I'd loathe his in-game mistakes to the point that like him or not, I'm happier he's gone)
Maybe unloading Savard is more of a locker-room issue than a game issue, as, like you said, you can easily put one of them on wing.
And if it IS a locker-room cancer issue, that kind of word will get out to players around the league, and negate the damage to future free agent pools of trading away a player just after signing him long-term