“We’re not looking to trade Marc Savard,” said Chiarelli, who didn’t rule out other deals. “There’s a chance. I’m looking to improve the team. I’ve had a couple of discussions, more than a couple.” – Boston Herald
He ended that statement by suggesting that maybe, everybody should just cool out, maybe. Sage advice. I think it says something about the attitude of Bruins fans and the hockey blogosphere that the Marc Savard trade rumors, (started by the Herald, mind you, and completely unsourced) were given more than a second of legitimate thought. Why would a team whose primary weakness is goal-scoring trade away one of the top point producers in the league? That’d be like the San Jose Sharks trading away Joe…never mind.
So, Savard is staying, obviously, but Tuukka Rask is starting the season in goal at the Dunkin Donuts Center rather than the Garden, and he ain’t happy. Now, if I was Rask, I’d know that the number one goalie position was mine in 2009, and maybe, just cool out, maybe. That said, I think the Bruins need to keep Rask happy, and that means bringing him up by Christmas for an extended tryout, if injuries don’t make that a necessity earlier in the season. This means, unfortunately, that the writing’s on the wall for the NHL’s Rodney Dangerfield, Tim Thomas. Manny Fernandez, even if he returns to his 2005-07 form, will be impossible to trade, given his contract, and the fact that the most interested party for Fernandez’s services (Ottawa) is a division rival who will be battling the Bruins for the same playoff spot. So it’s time for The Journeyman, Tim Thomas, to journey somewhere where he’ll hopefully be appreciated. Thank you for getting us to the playoffs last year, Tim, and for your extreme awkwardness while on camera. You will be missed.
I’m headed down to the Garden to catch the B’s/Isles game, probably by my lonesome. Will post a report when I get back.