Could the Toronto Maple Leafs Get Marc Savard Without Trading Kaberle?

Neil GrewalCorrespondent IIIJune 27, 2010

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 07:  Marc Savard #91 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Mellon Arena on March 7, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Penguins defeated the Bruins 2-1.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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With Boston Bruins star center Marc Savard reportedly saying he would not object to a trade to either the Maple Leafs or the Senators, there is much speculation as to what kind of package Savard would require.

The Bruins main purpose for trading Savard is to clear up some cap space for the next seven years, so a trade to Ottawa is highly unlikely.

Brian Murray has been trying to find a trading partner for their star center in Jason Spezza. Spezza has stated that he would not object to a trade out of Ottawa but with the trading window being between now and July 1st before his no-trade clause kicks in, he is likely gonna be a Senator in the fall. With Spezza, the Senators have $13.325 million dedicated to their top three centers.

Ottawa's purpose for looking into trades for Jason Spezza is to clear up some salary-cap space as well as possibly add some depth to their much depleted blue line. The Boston Bruins are in more or less the same situation.

If a trade between the two were to occur, it would have to be a swap of centers. While this may bode well for Ottawa, it would not for the Bruins. With this being said, Toronto is already the huge front runner between the two.

What kind of package would the Leafs have to offer to get Savard?

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The first thing that comes to mind is very obvious: Tomas Kaberle for Marc Savard. While this may be the trade that people would expect to see, Sportsnet.ca reports that this may no longer be the case. Also, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN and Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, dealing Savard is for the purpose of unloading his contract. Also according to the two, this deal potentially might not garner full value for Savard.

Savard is slated to make just over $4 million for the next seven years. With Savard turning 33 in July, by the end of the contract he would be just short of his 40th birthday. This might prove to be a sign of caution for the Leafs, but Savard's contract reportedly has a retirement option after the first four years. This would allow Savard the option to retire or continue playing by the time he's 37.

Aside from Kaberle, the Leafs have some other options in which the Bruins may be interested.

With Nikolai Kulemin likely to be moved, he would be a very good trading chip for the Leafs. Along with Kulemin, the Leafs could give a prospect and a mid-level pick. By no means should Brian Burke overpay for Savard. Why should the Leafs do the Bruins a favor by taking Savard's lengthy contract and then overpay for it?

Makes no sense if you ask me.

This deal could easily prove to be a win-win for Toronto if it gets done. Not only will the Leafs be able to fill the void with a legitimate number one center, they would still have Kaberle available to trade for the top-six winger Burke covets.

However if a deal between the two were to occur, it better happen before July 1st. While Savard has indicated that the Leafs and the Senators are the only teams he would accept a trade to, as of July 1st he has the option of increasing that list to five. While he may not have any intention of naming other teams, it would be best not to take that chance and get a deal done as fast as possible.

Share your opinions and comments below and list some trades that you think would be possible.

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