Exhale Bruin’s fans.
"There's no truth to it," Leafs GM Brian Burke told ESPN.com in response to all the Savard for Kaberle trade talk.
The rumor was internet-driven just as many of these early off-season rumors are, deriving from hockey forums and boards around the web.
"First off, before people get too worked up, Tomas Kaberle's no-trade clause does not go away until the draft commences... Two, we have not had meaningful discussions with the Boston Bruins about any one trade option." Burke said.
However, Kaberle could still end up a Bruin, even though it likely won’t be for Marc Savard.
With the departure of Dennis Wideman, their “best puck-moving defenseman” they will definitely be in search for that player to crank up their offense from the back-end.
“In this search for a puck mover, sometimes there’s not one out there or not one that’s a perfect fit. If we do add something, you may not purely characterize it as a puck mover.” Bruin’s GM Peter Chiarelli told the Boston Globe .
The market may not be the best way to find the player to fit this mold though; he could be right under their nose.
With Johnny “Rocket” Boychuk being a top-priority this off-season, he could be just the guy to bolster the Bruin’s back-end. Already seeing considerable improvement in his skating ability, tweaking small elements of his game could make him a top caliber NHL defenseman.
With a heavy shot and the ability to lay crippling open-ice hits through the neutral zone, Johnny Rocket needs to be locked up long-term by the B’s.
Another option could be the agile Matt Hunwick. Although he lacks size for defensive prowess, his speed makes up for it nicely. He also has the ability to play up front, making him a prime candidate for the offensive-defenseman position.
Another aspect of Savard that can allow our blood-pressure to regulate is that he just signed a long-term deal worth $4.007 million a season—a steal for a player of his caliber.
He also has a no-trade clause and took a hometown discount in order to stay in Boston and hopefully retire a Bruin, on top of being one of the biggest pieces to the Stanley Cup puzzle.
So rest easy my fellow Bruin’s fans, Savard shouldn’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
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