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Everyone Wins With The Savard Deal

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Marc Savard did something very rarely seen in this day and age of big money professional sports.

He put his money where his mouth was.

The Bruins’ crafty center and leading scorer has been the model of consistency over the last two years whenever he’s been approached about impending free agency and his related desire to remain with Boston.

Savard told me as much last season during a one-on-one conversation. The line of questioning veered off toward his future hockey address – and where he saw himself playing once the four-year, $20 million deal with the Bruins was over and done.

“Once I signed here, I had all the intentions of wanting to retire here and play for one team for a long time,” Savard said. “I don’t want to move around anymore. I love the fans here and I love the city, so I don’t have any intentions of going anywhere.

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Savard Extension With Bruins About To Happen

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Any day now, possibly today, slick center Marc Savard is expected to sign his new contract with the Bruins, a seven-year extension beginning in 2010-11 with an average cap hit in the $4.5 million-$4.8 million range.

A source with direct knowledge of the negotiations, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the general terms of the deal and that the contract would be signed imminently.

continued and now those made-up rumors of Savard heading to Toronto can be put where they belong…

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Lucic Out With High Ankle Sprain

via Boston Bruins Twitter,

Chiarelli: high ankle sprain for Lucic. Out for four weeks. Maybe less.

added 11:37am, More on the injury from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe.

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Lessons Learned For Patrice Bergeron

from Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe,

This Thanksgiving, the best story in Boston tells of hard work, perseverance, humility and courage. Patrice Bergeron is still just 24 years old, but he already seems to possess the experience and wisdom of a man twice his age.

“It’s behind me now and I can look forward,” Bergeron said yesterday by phone as the Bruins prepared for tonight’s game at Minnesota. “It’s been two long years and I’ve learned a lot. I guess everything happens for a reason.”

Everything happens for a reason. But does it really? Or do things sometimes happen purely as matter of chance, of luck both good and bad?

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Bruins Getting Healthier With Savard Return

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Marc Savard, a sometimes impatient patient, did what he was told. For bone strength, he diligently drank milk, although he sometimes opted for the chocolate variety, just to break up the moo-notony.

Once a day, he applied an electric bone stimulator, shooting silent and painless healing rays for 20 minutes into and around the fractured bone in his left foot that sidelined him last month.

“I don’t know if that helps, might be a gimmick, who knows?’’ offered the Bruins’ top center, who is expected to return to the lineup tomorrow night in St. Louis after a five-week absence. “All I know is, I’m ready to get back and I’m glad about that. It will be great to get back in there with the boys.’’

Meanwhile, things have been looking better for the battered Bruins, who got top winger Milan Lucic (fractured finger) back in the lineup Thursday and proceeded to win two straight games.

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Talking Marc Savard Contract

from Kevin Paul Dupont at Bruins Blog,

An Internet report this afternoon (yesterday) had No. 1 Bruins center Marc Savard poised to extend his deal for another seven seasons, beginning in 2010-‘11, worth a total possibly as high as $39 million (about a $5.6 million cap hit).

According to a source familiar with the ongoing contract talks, the signing is not imminent and the total payout is not likely to be as high as reported today.

Savard, who will turn 33 years old next July, is closing in on a seven-year pact worth closer to $32 million (cap hit: approximately $4.7 million).

A typical payout for this kind of deal, made popular by the Red Wings and Flyers, would see Savard pull in, say, all but $3-4 million over the first five years.

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Savard Expected To Re-sign With Bruins

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

• Much like Milan Lucic in October, 32-year-old center Marc Savard later this month - most likely around Thanksgiving - is expected to extend his contract with the Bruins. At the end of a four-year deal that brought him $5 million a season, Savard is likely to average in the $6 million-$6.5 million range for another four or five seasons, bringing Boston’s payroll to upward of $49 million for next season…

• During a recent NHLPA conference call, superstar Alexander Ovechkin, with a cap figure of $9.538 million, groused about having to surrender the 12.9 percent escrow on last year’s pay. The same hit this season would see Ovie surrender $1.23 million. It’s his privilege to gripe. But that kind of giveback is about equal to the combined gross pay of Vladimir Sobotka and Byron Bitz. As on the ice, sometimes it’s best just to take the hit and shut up.

much more hockey talk…

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Clock Ticking On Savard Contract

from Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The agent for star center Marc Savard says contract talks continue with the Boston Bruins, but time is also becoming of the essence.

“We continue to discuss regularly,” agent Larry Kelly told ESPN.com Monday night at the Hockey Hall of Fame. “Both sides are interested in getting something done. But obviously there are issues we are working through.”

The longer it takes, the closer Savard gets to July 1, when he would become an unrestricted free agent. It’s clear from what Kelly said that the clock is ticking.

much more from the HHOF inductions as Pierre and Scott made the rounds at the event…

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Boring Bruins

from Christopher L. Gasper of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

The only thing more damaging than being middling is being boring.

This was supposed to be the season that the Bruins lifted themselves squarely back into the discussion with the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics. They were coming off a season in which they led the Eastern Conference in points and won a playoff series for the first time since 1999, sweeping Les Canadiens last spring before losing in seven games to the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

It was something to build on and hope that Boston could be the Hub of Hockey again.

Instead, 15 games into 2009-10 it looks like the same old Black and Gold, except their scoring touch has gone ice cold.

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Tuukka Rask Extended By Bruins

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed goaltender Tuukka Rask to a two-year contract extension through the 2011-12 season.

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