Bruins expect Marc Savard to attend training camp, hope to ease Tyler Seguin into the NHL

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Thumbnail image for screamingsavard.jpgIt’s true that when people talk about Tyler Seguin, they’ll often discuss fellow top draft pick Taylor Hall too. But in the immediate future, Seguin’s name will also be echoed as people discuss his talented teammate Marc Savard.

Both Boston Bruins centers were the center of discussion yesterday as CSN North East’s Joe Haggerty provided an update on both players. First, let’s take a look at his thoughts on Savard’s “hurt feelings” and short-term future with the B’s.

The market for Savard never fully developed into what the B’s might have hoped for a perennial 85-point scorer with a palatable $4 million salary cap hit, and that isn’t expected to change between now and the Sept. 17 opening of training camps.

The tepid Savard market combined, with the ongoing NHL investigation into the center’s seven-year, contract have pretty much cinched that No. 91 will be with the B’s to start the season despite any hard feelings and rumors to the contrary.

When you consider that “palatable $4 million salary cap hit,” I think it’s a blessing in disguise that the Bruins failed to trade their brilliant passing center. Obviously, his concussion issues are a cause for concern, but 85-point forwards don’t come along very often. Especially at such a cheap price.

Thumbnail image for tylerseguindraftday.jpgMoving on to Seguin, Haggerty points out that the Bruins are being careful not to put too much pressure on the Calder Trophy candidate in the making.

The B’s, however, have also been very careful not to center too much of their marketing campaign around the 18-year-old Seguin, and don’t want the hype machine to get too out of control with their newest puck phenom.

It’s a smart move to temper expectations, and starting Seguin off with true, two-way professionals like Bergeron and Recchi will give the teenager a pair of sterling examples of how to play NHL hockey with class, dignity and honor. It’s probably the perfect situation to drop a talented, impressionable hockey talent like Seguin into as an 18-year-old kid playing against cold-hearted men without much in the way of mercy.

Few top-end draft picks have gotten the opportunity to ease into the NHL with a quality team around them like Seguin could in 2009-10. In fact, it’s rare that such a high-end prospect might not even make his team right away. In some ways, it reminds me of Tim Duncan coming into a near-playoff team in the San Antonio Spurs and immediately acclimating to the NBA game.

(Although it might be hasty to assume that Seguin will be an instant star like Duncan.)

While the Bruins haven’t always been experts at signing wise contracts or managing their salary cap, I like a lot of the moves they’ve been making. If they handle things well with both Savard and Seguin, they could become a dominant team in the Eastern Conference.

Kings GM says Mike Richards went into ‘a destructive spiral’

Mike Richards

The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.

Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.

Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.

“Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”

Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:

  • He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
  • Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
  • The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.

… Yeah.

Again, it’s a powerful read that you should soak in yourself, even if you’re unhappy with the way the Kings handled the situation.

Maybe the most pressing of many lingering questions is: will we get to hear Richards’ side of the story?

Coyotes exploit another lousy outing from Quick

Jonathan Quick

Despite owning two Stanley Cup rings, there are a healthy number of people who aren’t wild about Jonathan Quick.

Those people might feel validated through the Los Angeles Kings’ first two games, as he followed a rough loss to the San Jose Sharks with a true stinker against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

Sometimes a goalie has a bad night stats-wise, yet his team is as much to blame as anything else. You can probably pin this one on Quick, who allowed four goals on just 14 shots through the first two periods.

Things died down in the final frame, but let’s face it; slowing things down is absolutely the Coyotes’ design with a 4-1 lead (which ultimately resulted in a 4-1 win).


A soft 1-0 goal turned out to be a sign of things to come:

Many expected the Kings to roar into this second game after laying an egg in their opener. Instead, the Coyotes exploited Quick’s struggles for a confidence-booster, which included key prospect Max Domi scoring a goal and an assist.

It’s worth mentioning that Mike Smith looked downright fantastic at times, only drawing more attention to Quick’s struggles.


After a troubled summer and a failed 2014-15 season, Los Angeles was likely eager to start things off the right way.

Instead, they instead will likely focus on the fact that they merely dropped two (ugly) games.