Remember last year that we didn’t hear from Savard for a while? He had to sit in a dimly lit room following the Matt Cooke hit. He came back (some say too early) in the playoffs, scored the game winner in game one against the Flyers, but was eased into the lineup again this season.
Well, following another concussion in Colorado on January 22ns his future in hockey was in serious doubt. Doubt that was confirmed yesterday as the Bruins placed him on the injured reserved list ending his season and possibly his career.
The difference between last year’s concussion and this year’s? This year it was before the trade deadline that Savard was hurt. Meaning that Peter Chiarelli has a chance to make a move. The Bruins are still sitting on a ton of draft picks meaning they’ll likely put their own #1 pick out there since they have Toronto’s #1 again this year (thanks Phil Kessel).
Unlike last year when there was a big name out there with Ilya Kovalchuk, there’s not a huge name out there this year. Brendan Morrison’s name has been mentioned but he’s more of a depth replacement than a top tired center. The big name out there is Brad Richards from Dallas but with that team in the thick of a playoff hunt it’s unlikely they’ll deal him even if it’s a blockbuster package to land him.
There’s of course the issue that the B’s still need a defenseman. At least that’s what they’ve been rumored to be in the market for before Savard went down.
The deadline is about three weeks away. Personally I think this will make or break Peter Chiarelli’s career as Bruins GM. If he stands pat and doesn’t make a big deal and the team is ousted early in the playoffs again, we could see Cam clean house in the offseason with both Chiarelli and Julien losing their jobs.
For now, we wait and see.