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.
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.