Let’s Send Him A Nice Gift Basket

By Chris

Reports are out that Marc Savard is willing to waive his no trade clause to go to a division rival. The problem? He wants to be a Maple Leaf or a Senator.

There’s got to be a way to convince him that he’d look great (and play great) in a Sabres uniform. He’s a proven No. 1 center on a team that has said it’s looking for one. He would still be able to get his “Eff you, Boston” on six times a year and I’m sure he’d get along just fine with Thomas Vanek on his left side.

Sure he’s getting older, but until last season — when he missed half the year with that nasty concussion — he’s been an iron horse. He’s played in three 82-game seasons with a 74-game season mixed in since the lockout. He’s an assist machine, but it’s more about the plays he’s able to create and what he can do with the puck than his numbers that makes him an appealing player.

He’s one of the best passers in the league and the Sabres don’t have enough true playmakers. If he’s available, this sounds like a no-brainer. General manager Darcy Regier has to pick up the phone, dial Peter Chiarelli’s number and leave an awkward voice mail at the very least. Gauge interest first and work out the details later.

Unfortunately, Savard doesn’t have his name on the Stanley Cup — something I would prefer a new Sabres acquisition already has on his resume. I’m willing to look past that with Savard, though.

And the biting. I’m willing to ignore that, too.

Then again, if he’s only willing to go to the Leafs or Sens, maybe he’s not fully recovered from that Matt Cooke hit. Who in their right mind would want to play for them? Hmmm… Maybe we need to rethink things.

One Comment

  1. Ogre39666

    Vanek – Savard – Ennis? Sign me up!

    I’d be willing to part with Connolly, Stafford, Butler, Adam, the negotiating rights to Lydman, & 2 conditional picks.

    *: Terms of compensation are as follows:
    Initial compensation includes 2011 3rd round pick & 2012 4th round pick.
    Becomes a 2011 2nd & 1212 3rd round pick if Sabres qualify for the 2011 playoffs.
    Becomes a 2011 2nd round pick & 2012 2nd round pick if Sabres advance to the Conference Semi-Finals.
    Becomes a 2011 1st round pick & a 2012 2nd round pick if the Sabres win the Stanley Cup.