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Over the past week there’s been several reports claiming the Boston Bruins could trade goaltender Tim Thomas and/or center Marc Savard in order to bring in another puck-moving defenseman and more depth on the wing.
Thomas has been linked to the San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers, while Savard’s potential destinations were listed as Toronto, Columbus and Phoenix.
Now I’ll admit that anything’s possible in the NHL trade market, and it wouldn’t be the first time players with big contracts and movement clauses (like Thomas and Savard) were traded. Indeed, as I wrote this came a TSN report Thomas’ agent was given permission to speak with other teams in hopes of finding a potential trade partner, while Chiarelli admitted talking to teams about Savard but isn’t “pushing him out”.
That being said, I’d approach these rumors with caution.
The Leafs already shot down a rumor which had Savard going to Toronto for Tomas Kaberle, and it’s hard to be Savard, who said when he re-signed with the Bruins last fall that he wanted to finish his career as a Bruins, would accept a trade to Columbus or Phoenix.
Thomas could be attractive to the Sharks and they have the cap space currently to re-sign him, but that space shrank considerably following Thursday’s re-signings of Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski.
The Flyers would have to dump the equivalent of Thomas’s $4 million per season either going back to Boston or to be ditched later this summer in a separate deal, demotion or buyout.
While the Lightning’s new GM Steve Yzerman makes that club considerably more respectable one has to wonder if Thomas would agree to go to a rebuilding team.
Could either of these guys be traded? Yes.
Will they be dealt for sure? That, folks, remains to be seen.
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