Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Updates Regarding Chara, Savard, and Marchand

I know that it has been a while since my last entry. It has been frustrating for me just sitting and waiting for some updates to occur within the Bruins organization. I figured I would just touch upon some ongoing stories at this point in time.

The Montreal Police Department just recently completed their investigation of Zdeno Chara's hit on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty in March. Now we await for the ruling. With all due respect to the Montreal Police Department, do they not have anything better to do? We all know that nothing will come of this, especially since the league issued no fine or suspension for the big man. Even though Pacioretty was disappointed that the league did not take any action, he went on record saying that he does not want any criminal charges pressed against Chara.

The issue regarding Marc Savard is an interesting one. Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli told the media that he hopes to keep Savard on the roster for the remainder of his contract. His contract will expire after the 2016-2017 season and he will be making an annual $4 million. Now here is where the story gets compelling: if he retires then he will forfeit his contract. Chiarelli is prepared to keep him on the roster and place him on long term injured reserve in order for him to get his money.

This puts less pressure on Savard to return this season. He could take his time in rehabbing in preparation to return to the Bruins at anytime in the next six years. Wow. I guess Savard is a very likeable guy for that offer to be in place...even though I read a couple of stories that reported exactly the opposite.

Finally, Brad Marchand is still a restricted free agent. However, both sides have begun to seriously pick up contract talks. We all know that Marchand wants to stay in Boston, so why not just pay him the money? With the preseason only a month away, it is a priority to sign the young agitator.

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