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Report: Savard in play for 4th pick?

06.18.10 at 1:44 pm ET
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It’s no secret the Bruins are looking to make some sort of move with the 15th overall pick in next Friday’s NHL draft. GM Peter Chiarelli said as much recently when he told reporters that he’s had discussions about moving both up and down with the pick, their slotted first-rounder.

Marc Savard could be a chip to acquire a top defenseman and winger. (AP)

Marc Savard could be a chip to acquire a top defenseman and winger. (AP)

Who they would target and what they would give up in any deal has been the difficult part to gauge. While it’s widely assumed that a puck-moving defenseman is the position of interest, Taylor Hall’s Windsor teammate Cam Fowler and Moncton defender Brandon Gormley go right to the top of the list. WEEI.com’s NHL mock draft currently has Fowler and Gormley going third and sixth overall, respectively, but it should be noted that many believe Erik Gudbranson will be the third pick, meaning both Fowler and Gormley will be on the board at pick No. 4. That’s where it gets interesting.

Rumor out of the Pro Hockey Talk camp has it there is “something substantial in the works” between the Bruins and Columbus Blue Jackets, who own the fourth overall pick next week. The rumored deal has the Bruins sending center Marc Savard, restricted free agent Blake Wheeler, and the 15th overall pick to move up nine spots and back into the top five.

For what it’s worth, I had two reactions to this rumor:

1. That’s not as bad a deal for the Bruins as it looks.

2. It’s never going to happen.

Here’s why it’s not a bad deal for the Bruins, and the report hits on this a bit. If they’re going to get Tyler Seguin second overall (which is looking more and more likely with each passing day as hockey writers everywhere build Taylor Hall statues of text), they will have much more depth at center than at wing (breaking news: they already do). By losing Savard’s $7 million salary and $4 million cap hit, the team has good flexibility to add a big time goal-scorer.

You can forget about Ilya Kovalchuk. He wants top dollar for 12 years, and unless he lowers his demands significantly, he won’t even be worth talking about. The report lists Patrick Marleau as a potential guy the Bruins could go after, but why in the world would the Bruins make such a big deal to free up money from one of the better centers in the game just so they can throw even more money at the position? If it’s anybody in this scenario, my money is Kings winger Alexander Frolov.

Why won’t it happen? You mean besides Savard being able to veto the trade? It’s hard to imagine Savard would welcome a move to a team as bad as Columbus. Looking at this whole rumor (and again, it is just a rumor right now that PHT got from a source they trust), it’s quite clear the Blue Jackets are a big reason players insist on no-trade clauses.

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