The Boston Bruins would be nuts to trade Marc Savard for next to nothing (er, I mean, Mikhail Grabovski). They’re considering the idea, though, at least according to the current rumor circulating via Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star. I can see the logic of moving him for a valuable defenseman, but for Grabovski? That would be sheer lunacy.
McGran rightly points out that Savard is making quite a bit of money in the next few years, but his salary cap hit is an absolute steal (a little more than $4 million per year) unless concussion problems render him completely useless. Just look at his teammates; his cap hit is lower than Patrice Bergeron’s and Milan Lucic’s while being in the same ballpark as the hits registered by Michael Ryder and Nathan Horton. While it’s reasonable to worry about the term (it runs through 2016-17), Savard’s new contract keeps him among the league’s best cap bargains.
So, really, the money side of the argument doesn’t work for me at all. One other point being made is that the Bruins drafted a possible impact player at center in Tyler Seguin, giving the team a crowded group with Seguin, Savard, David Krejci and Bergeron.
You might want to sit down, because I have a mind melting solution to that problem. Move someone to a wing. (That’s some McGyver-level inventiveness, right?)
The word is that Savard is willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to Toronto or Ottawa (although McGran reports that Chicago, Montreal and Philadelphia also might be in the mix). My problem with those two Canadian clubs is that they really don’t have much to offer in exchange for a forward who notched 88 points in 08-09 and broke the 90-point barrier twice in his career.
I mean, really, you’re going to give him up for Mikhail Grabovski? Let’s hope Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is smarter than that.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.
That said, it the very specific present, they’ll be watching Tuesday’s game from the press box.
After an unsatisfactory practice amid flailing playoff hopes, Flames head coach Bob Hartley made a big statement tonight, taking Monahan, Gaudreau and Lance Bouma out of the lineup as healthy scratches against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
#TORvsCGY Roster Update: Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Lance Bouma will be healthy scratches for tonight’s game vs. the #Leafs.