Marc Savard Still a Boston Bruin, So What Now?

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Marc Savard Still a Boston Bruin, So What Now?
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With talks still swirling regarding the Boston Bruins and Marc Savard's future with the club, he is still, to date, a Boston Bruin.

Every story that the Bruins are coming up with, you'll find a Marc Savard comment in there somewhere.

Now that center David Krejci is coming back in schedule with his recovery from the wrist dislocating hit at the hands of Mike Richards, some are saying where will there be room?

Here's the thing.  Teams can play with 4 lines.  

Being a third or fourth line center on a team full of talented centers is not necessarily a bad thing.  In fact, would it be safe to say that a good center on a third or fourth line might be a good thing?  Wouldn't you think that it would boost the other lines and make the the team that much better by improving the play of the wingers?

Say what you will, but there has been teams with top notch centers on the third and fourth line before.  And they did make the team better.  

The Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Boston Bruins (89-90 season), just to name a few, had a lot of centers that produced for their teams.

If that doesn't work, there are centers that can play wing.  Newcomers Nathan Horton and Tyler Seguin have proved that they can play wing and play it effectively.

Just in the 2008-09 season, one of their most successful seasons, the Bruins had a a lot of centers playing on the roster, and they were tops in the conference because of it.

The good thing about centers is that they tend to be versatile.  Most can play the wing for three reasons:

1.They are still playing forward and can still be a playmaker as well as score.

2. They tend to know what a center is thinking and be where they need to be.

3. If the on-ice center is tossed out of the face off, they can step in to take the face off and still have a good shot at winning it.

All that is great.  Now we discuss the real problem:  The Cap.

NHLnumbers.com shows four players left to sign and an entry level contract yet to be signed by Seguin, the cap is currently at approximately 55.9 million, and it is going to be a tight squeeze.  

CapGeek.com has the Bruins at a much higher number with a little better than a million left.  Either way, it is so tight I can see some players being traded, leaving or taking a pay cut.  Most likely the first two.  Marc Savard and Tim Thomas are in a no-trade clause.  Will they give it up? 

I do not expect Miroslav Satan or Steve Begin to return as GM Peter Chiarelli did state earlier this month that they may be moving in a different direction with some up-and-coming players from Providence that could do the job at a cheaper price.

Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara is going to be a UFA at the end of this season and, if the team has a successful season, fans are hoping to see him take a pay cut for the club as $7.5 million is a high amount for any player in my opinion.

Oh the joys of the Cap world.

Give me your thoughts...

 

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