Re: Sobokta and the Blues
posted at 11/8/2010 4:33 PM EST
I dunno, Duinne. 'Repeatedly'? I saw Savard, on the first tee, somewhere this summer expressing, admitting 'hurt.'
this was pretty widely circulated round Aug 15th;
"They hurt me a little bit just because I went to Boston and I helped to build that team back up," Savard said in an interview Friday - his first public comments since the rumours surfaced.
"I've really tried to work hard with the young guys and being a core player. I was really focused on staying there for the rest of my career. To hear all this stuff this summer bothered me inside more than anything else."
Chiarelli didn't try to trade Savard, like he didn't try to trade Thomas like he didn't try to trade Kessel?
Secretive guile and sly brinksmanship don't appear to be Chiarelli's strongsuits. James Bond he ain't.
Point being, that for whatever reason, two thirds of the Too Many Men Trio were almost gone this August. I'm speculating that moving Savard, or the impetus to even consider it, wasn't just the fact that Savard - with the emergence of Seguin - found himself the odd centre out.
He's not the centre you or I or anyone would move, right? All things being equal?
Obviously one, ill-timed, unaccounted-for Too Many Men On The Ice penalty doesn't warrant a culture change, but it may very well have been the exclamation point on the end of a bad story that needed to change.
Was 'the dream we had' that Chiarelli was moving Savard an issue of...character? Accountability? Chemistry? Why would Chiarelli even entertain it? Why did it take weeks of speculation and a barren trade market (with only two teams to choose from, Ott and Tor) for Chiarelli to utter something that sorta sounded like unequivocal support for Savard?