Marc Savard Sticks Around: Signs Seven-Year Extension with Boston Bruins

December 1st, 2009 by Wayne Whittaker Leave a reply »
Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli took the necessary steps in securing one of the league's top playmakers Tuesday morning, as he signed 32-year-old center Marc Savard to a seven-year extension, as reported by TSN .

Savard, who has been the Bruins leading scorer each of his last three years with Boston, is expected to have an annual cap hit of $4.2 Million.

It certainly seems as though Savard gave Boston a bit of a "hometown discount" as No. 91 almost surely could have gotten a more lucrative deal elsewhere. But Boston was where Marc Savard wanted to be, and at the end of the day, this deal is good for all parties involved.

This sort of deal has become quite popular in the post-lockout NHL, as players sign longer contracts (generally monetarily front-loaded) as a way to sneak around salary-cap restrictions. There's little doubt that the league is looking for a way to curb these deals, but until the new CBA is negotiated, teams would be stupid not to take advantage of this sizable loop-hole.

Along with this latest development, Chiarelli has already secured David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Tuukka Rask, and Tim Thomas to long-term ...

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