Savard trade talks quiet -- for now

BOSTON -- Could Bruins star center Marc Savard, rumored to be on the trade market for much of the summer, finally be on the move now that Ilya Kovalchuk has signed with the New Jersey Devils? There were no clear signs that was the case on Monday afternoon, and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told the media prior to the Kovalchuk news that there was nothing to report on the Savard rumors.

"Right now there's nothing going on with him. He's a Boston Bruin and he's happy to be a Boston Bruin," Chiarelli told reporters at the first Bruins Summer Camp at the Jim Roche Community Ice Arena in West Roxbury, Mass.

But as Chiarelli also pointed out, he never comments to rumors. Also remember that following the signings of forwards Gregory Campbell and Jeff Lovecchio, as well as defenseman Adam McQuaid and Andrew Bodnarchuk last Thursday, Chiarelli said the trade market had become stale, but that the landscape could change once Kovalchuk was taken off the unrestricted free agent market.

"It's just quiet right now. Everything's really slow," Chiarelli said Thursday. "I've talked to a few guys and everything has kind of grinded to a halt. I think once a player of that caliber [Kovalchuk] moves, there's probably a couple of other players just under him who might move in a couple of deals."

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