Savard return by late November? Souray to Calgary? Panthers-Gudbranson couldn’t agree on Deal … Canucks looking to trade Hordichuk
  • Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald: Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said he’d be happy if Marc Savard was able to return by late November, “It could be longer; could be shorter. There are so many unknowns in this type of recovery.” On Savard’s workouts, “We have seen positive patterns since he started doing these workouts,” Chiarelli said. “That’s a good sign, because with these kind of situations, you often have down days and he hasn’t had any of those.”
  • Mark Spector via twitter: Spector wonders if the best fit for Sheldon Souray could be with the Calgary Flames. Would a Souray, Andrew Cogliano, plus picks for Cory Sarich and Curtis Glencross work?
  • Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: With Brad Richards taking Scott Parse’s spot on the 2nd line as he’s out with a groin injury, it leaves Kyle Clifford,  Trevor Lewis and centers Andrei Loktionov and Brayden Schenn fighting for two 4th line spots. Terry Murray still doesn’t know which 2 will start in Saturday’s opener. A couple days ago Murray indicated that Loktionov and Schenn were unlikely to the make the final roster. Someone will also have to be sent down when Parse returns.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: Erik Gudbranson and the Florida Panthers could not come to terms on an entry level contact by yesterday’s 5pm deadline. Performance Bonuses were the key reason as to why a deal couldn’t get done. Gudbranson was returned to Kingston, and has a good opportunity to play with Team Canada at the World Juniors.
  • Ian Walker of the Vancouver Sun: Darcy Hordichuk has cleared waivers and the Vancouver Canucks are trying to trade him so that he’ll have a chance to stay in the NHL. “We’re trying to do our best to put Darcy in another situation,” said Canucks general manager Mike Gillis. “We don’t know how that will work out. We had some discussions with teams trying to do that, we’re still unsure if that’s going to happen or not. We’ve been trying to do something to keep him in the NHL.”
  • Larry Brooks via twitter: Sources are telling Brooks that the New York Rangers don’t have anything going on in the trade front.

Because of his age, contract, and concussion history, Marc Savard must be one of the most untradeable players in the league. Probably just as untradeable as Sheldon Souray and Bryan Campbell.

  • I don’t think his contract is that bad, a $4 million cap hit is pretty good. Yes his salary his higher for the first 5 years, but now-a-days it’s the cap number that is most important to a team.

    It’s the concussion issue that makes it difficult/almost impossible to trade Savard.

    I also think it’s what the team wants in return that makes a play harder to trade. If the Oilers take back salary close to what Souray makes, they could do a deal, but they may not want to do that right now. Same goes for Bryan Campbell.

    Toss in extra picks and take on some salary would make some teams consider it.

  • Agree on the cap hit. In fact, $4 mil is great.

    What scares me is the term, NTC, and concussion problem.

    Also agree on “bad” contract can be traded if you take a lesser “bad” contract in return and perhaps incent the trading partner. In fact, it seems to have become the convention.

  • NTC is not that bad as you can always ask the player to waive it (unless you’re Brian Burke)

    When looking at the last 2 years of his deal, he makes like a $1 million combine, so It’s pretty safe to say that he won’t be playing.

    5 years without a concussion at a $4 million cap hit is pretty good.

    5 years with a concussion at a $4 million cap hit could be scary.

  • Yes..on the tail end of the contract…Savard’s salary is insignificant…Plus…cap hit can be brought down significantly with buyout.

    Without a concussion, it is not a bad contract.

    I guess I just get squimish about long-term deals for players over 30. It seems to be the root of most cap management problems.

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