Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/29/12 at 09:12 AM ET
from Kevn Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
• Recent tweets by the oft-concussed Marc Savard have had the veteran pivot sounding his best in months (based on 140 characters or less, of course). He has made note of his improved golf game and his fiancee. That said, the working assumption along Causeway Street is that Savard, who turned 35 on July 17, isn’t on the verge of a hockey comeback. For now, he remains a $4 million cap hit. Combined with Tim Thomas’s $5 million, theoretically that’s $9 million available in “loose’’ cap space that GM Peter Chiarelli could massage if a prime free agent were to become available or a trade had the Bruins taking on added salary. But as of now, based on what Chiarelli said last Tuesday upon announcing Claude Julien’s contract extension, the roster as constituted is the one that will report to Wilmington to begin camp.
• Now that Rick Nash is a Ranger, don’t be surprised to see the Blueshirts make a real play for Jumbo Joe Thornton. Nash and Thornton were magic together in Davos, Switzerland, during the last lockout, and have paired like hand and glove in the Olympics for Team Canada. Thornton would have to allow the Sharks to make the deal, but it’s probably a good time for him to go. He has played 1,077 games — 545 with the Sharks, 532 with the Bruins. Still without a Cup.
• The current CBA has players skimming a hefty 57 percent of the gross take (a bit over $3 billion), and the owners’ proposal has that scaled back to 46 percent — a shift of about $330 million ($11 million per team). The players have yet to make a formal counterproposal (maybe this week). Don’t be surprised to hear them say they think the owners can do a far better job with revenue sharing. And they would be correct.
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