Savard-Kessel Reunion?

With the recent departure of Dennis Wideman, Boston has a big hole on their back end: powerplay quarterback. Their top four next year are currently look like this:

Zdeno Chara
Johnny Boychuk
Matt Hunwick
Denis Seidenberg

Rumours have already started up with talk of the Bruins being interested in adding Tomas Kaberle (again). Last year it was involving Phil Kessel. Brian Burke has already stated that he wants a scoring winger in return for Kaberle, but with Boston’s lack of scoring on the wing, I can’t see that happening. The addition of Nathan Horton just adds to an already very inconsistent and offensively weaker wing core on the team; Marco Sturm, Michael Ryder, Blake Wheeler and Milan Lucic. Their strength is clearly at centre with Savard, Bergeron, Krejci and the likely addition of Tyler Seguin this weekend.

This strength has brought up the rumours that Marc Savard is in fact available. Savard is one of the premier playmakers in the NHL and would fit the bill of the number one centre Toronto is looking for. He would immediately boost their top line and powerplay, and would give Tyler Bozak some breathing room from the push that he had into the spotlight at the end of last year.

For those who don’t remember, Kessel played on Savard’s wing for almost all of the 2008-09 season, racking up 36 goals and 60 points in 70 games. Last season on the Leafs, he had 30 goals and 55 points in the same number.

While the deal would fill necessary holes on each team, the contracts just don’t match up. Kaberle has a $4.25 million cap hit next season and then will be a UFA. The deal would never happen unless he agreed to an extension with the team he is traded too. Savard on the other hand, will be making just over $4 million every year until 2016-17, when he will be 39. That is a long term investment that we all know Brian Burke does not normally make.

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