Wilmington, Mass. -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli spoke to the media Friday about injured center Marc Savard, who has been out since suffering a concussion January 22. Chiarelli had no real update on Savard, except to say that the center is in “OK” spirits yet is still suffering from vertigo and headaches every day.
“I won’t have anything for you in the next day or two. I’m meeting with Marc and his agent over the weekend and I would think in the next week or so we’ll have something more on him,” Chiarelli said.
If the Bruins decide to put Savard on long-term injury reserve for the remainder of the season, his salary cap hit would be freed up, Chiarelli discussed what he could try and do with that money by the February 28 NHL trade deadline. He also reiterated that a player of Savard’s caliber won’t be available.
“I’d like to try and get a defenseman that could help our group,” he said. “I think our defense has played very well. But to try to ease some of the minutes off of our players. And, of course, without Marc -- again I’m not going to replace him exactly, that player is not available -- but you can replace bits and pieces of it and hope that some of that stuff falls into place.”
According to Chiarelli, it’s a matter of supply and demand right now. With fewer sellers in the tight Western Conference, where his normal trading partners would be, it is harder to find the right fits.
“Right now, everything is very, very tight,” said Chiarelli. “You hear that from me every year a month before the deadline and it’s even more true now. The standings are tight. Usually your trading partners are in the West. It’s very, very tight.”