Mark Recchi has obviously decided to return to the Bruins without testing the free-agent market July 1 because he thinks the club is going in the right direction and will be a Stanley Cup contender in 2010-11.
Whether Marc Savard will be a part of that team remains to be seen, as it’s a well-know fact now that Boston has been shopping the star center since last week. Most can’t wrap their head around how the Bruins would be a better club without their perennial leading scorer. But there are also salary-cap implications that might be hindering other plans general manager Peter Chiarelli has in mind.
Recchi didn’t sound shocked about the Savard trade rumors today while on a conference call to discuss his own new contract with the club.
“Obviously I really like Savvy, and you never know what’s going to happen. General managers explore everything and if there’s a viable option to move Marc Savard, then obviously you’ve got to look at it,” said the future Hall-of-Famer, who has some insight into Chiarelli’s thinking because it convinced him he wanted to be back after last year’s disappointing end.
“(Chiarelli) might be looking for a different dynamic. We’ve got (David Krejci), (Patrice) Bergeron, (Tyler) Seguin is a centerman, we’ve got some younger centermen coming up. So he might be looking at the big picture right now as well as the overall, and if there’s something viable, maybe he gets that defenseman he’s trying to get or maybe you get stronger in one area, maybe not as strong in another area. But at the same time, free agency’s coming up and you can add some depth that way if you do choose to move Savard.
“He’s obviously dynamic passer and he’s been great for the Boston Bruins and I’m sure that they’re not taking this lightly. If it makes sense, I’d do it, but if not I think he’ll be here and he’ll be a good player again for us.”
At the same time, Recchi earlier in his comments made a compelling case for not trading Savard when he talked about Seguin coming to the Bruins and maybe playing wing on a team that’s loaded up the middle.
“Up the middle we’ve got three dynamic guys and you throw this kid in the mix, he could possibly play wing I understand, and he’s going to be an important part. But at the same time, he can come in and just be a player, which is important for a young kid,” Recchi said. “There’s not pressure for this kid, internally anyways. He doesn’t have to come in and be a world-beater. There’s a lot of pressure on (No. 1 pick) Taylor Hall to go (to Edmonton) and be an impact player right away. Seguin can come in and he can learn and grow and be part of a good hockey team. And I think that’s very important for the development of a young kid.”
At 42, Recchi isn’t shy about personnel matters. He explained what he’d like to see the Bruins do to sure up their roster some more after re-signing Dennis Seidenberg and Johnny Boychuk and trading for Nathan Horton.
“I think to get another veteran, maybe in the bottom six forwards, maybe another veteran I think would be great,” he said. “I think you can never have enough depth on defense. I think it’s important, when you have a good team, you need depth, you need good D-men. I think Peter knows all that.”