Don’t be surprised if Marc Savard’s contract is traded, a la Chris Pronger to Arizona.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed today that he’s spoken to a few teams about a transaction that would clear Savard’s $4 million cap hit (through 2016-17) off Boston’s books, and put it on a team that could perhaps use it.
No longer able to play due to concussion issues, Savard has an actual salary of just $575,000 in the final two years of his contract.
Dealing Savard would help the B’s in that they wouldn’t be as prone to the bonus-related overage issues that have plagued them recently. On that note, Sweeney suggested the Bruins intend to keep spending to the cap, and that they’re dealing with a current overage of approximately $1 million.
The challenge for Sweeney in trading Savard is that, after Pronger was dealt to Arizona, there isn’t really a team that’s in serious jeopardy of not reaching the $52.8 million cap floor for next season.
Sweeney also took the opportunity to insist that goalie Tuukka Rask is “absolutely…not on the market,” despite the speculation.
The Boston Bruins continued their baffling offseason by adding some brute force, sending their 2017 third-round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers for rough winger Zac Rinaldo.
Fans of the Bruins’ “big, bad” side may like this move, as Rinaldo certainly throws his body (and fists) around. Others probably aren’t so happy, as it continues a trend of puzzling moves by new Bruins GM Don Sweeney (while Flyers GM Ron Hextall looks more and more like a maestro).
Of course, the beauty of the trade is ultimately in the eye of the beholder, as some will cringe and others will shrug their shoulders at a far-off third-rounder being the price.
Rinaldo, 25, carries both a salary and a cap hit of $850K in 2015-16 and 2016-17, so even detractors shouldn’t be too concerned about the financial impact (if nothing else). He obviously brings grit and hustle to the table, so again, there are likely to be some proponents of the move.
Rinaldo scored six points and generated 102 PIM in 58 games last season. During his NHL career, he has 24 points and 572 PIM in 223 regular season contests.
After trading defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames, Bruins GM Don Sweeney insisted he made the restricted free agent a “very significant contract offer.” Now we might be able to put a number to that statement.
Boston offered the 22-year-old defenseman a six-year, $33 million contract, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Hamilton then countered with an offer that was around $2 million per year higher.
That’s obviously a big gap, but as Friedman noted:
Sometimes, we get caught up in initial proposals. Any good negotiator will tell you to exaggerate your opening position.
All the same, this is in contrast to an earlier report that claimed Hamilton was seeking $5.5 million annually. If that was instead Boston’s opening position and it was rejected, then it becomes a bit more apparent as to why the Bruins felt the need to move him given the team’s cap situation. It also offers insight as to what it might cost Calgary to lock him up.
All the same, losing Hamilton could prove to be a serious blow to the Bruins next season, especially given that Zdeno Chara will turn 39 years old before the 2015-16 campaign is over.
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