|RUMOUR||2009-2010 NHL Statistics||2011 Cap Info|
|To Columbus||Position||Age||GP||G||A||P||Years||Cap Hit|
|Marc Savard||Forward||32||41||10||23||33||7||$4.2 million|
|To Boston||Position||Age||GP||G||A||P||Years||Cap Hit|
|2010 1st round pick (4th overall)|
Not sure where this rumour came from exactly, but I saw it in this tweet this morning and thought I would post it.
In essence, what this trade looks to accomplish is that Columbus would want to win right away, adding talent for Rick Nash to play with in Marc Savard, while the Bruins would then have two of the top four picks in the Entry Draft, making a rebuild far faster with two top end blue chip prospects.
belt and dealing the 4th overall pick gives them a good chance to do just that. The Jackets have a top end goal scorer in Nash and they need to get him some servicable playmaking so he can regain his 50-goal touch and Savard is definitely that kind of talent. Wheeler is an interesting addition to the deal, likely there to help pad the cost of giving up on a potential franchise player from the 4th pick.
With the 2nd and 4th overall picks, the Bruins can then add Tyler Seguin, a possible franchise centre and then add a Cam Fowler or Erik Gudbranson, both of which can help pivot from the blueline with a Zdeno Chara or a Dennis Wideman, but what this does is it hurts the Bruins chances of drawing into the playoffs in 2011, even though they didn't really have Marc Savard for a good portion of the season due to the concussion and Wheeler was not the impact player that really decides whether or not a team makes or breaks the playoffs.
Both teams have decent reason to make a deal like this and it would be really interesting if the Bruins could get their 2nd and 4th overall picks to make their opening night roster and give the team some added punch, but I think there would have to be a bit more to this deal for it to go through, possibly some more picks going either way. It's a fairly savvy move, but even the scope of how big this deal is might make these teams hesitate to pull the trigger.