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More on the Boston-Columbus trade rumor

Our story yesterday on the rumored trade proposal between Columbus and Boston caused a bit of stir and if nothing else left people scratching their heads a bit. Before writing up the story, I double checked with my source on the information he was giving me and then posted the proposed trade that would leave Boston with the 2nd and 4th pick in next week’s draft. This morning I followed up, and was assured that this was a proposal that “has been discussed” by Boston and Columbus.

It’s important to note one thing: not once have we reported this trade as a done deal or anything other than a rumor. At this point, it’s something that’s been discussed between the two teams and there’s a number of factors that could change if this trade does indeed go down.

The first and biggest issue with this trade (as it’s been proposed) is the no-trade clause in Marc Savard’s contract. There was some discussion last night over whether he currently has a NTC in place; his contract extension doesn’t take effect until July 1st, but as far as we can determine he still has a NTC in place with the contract he’s under right now. When Savard signed his extension mid-season, he made it clear that Boston was where he wanted to finish his career.

Here is what Savard had to say in December:

“With all the incredible sports teams they have here and the fans’ knowledge about all the events, it’s incredible,” Savard said. “Since day one, I look back at the playoffs and to see what could be really excites me, too, especially when we play the Canadiens in the playoffs and the way fans react. It’s something that we’d like to try to finish here.”

“When I signed a seven-year deal, obviously it was to play the whole seven years,” Savard said. “So that’s how I look at it right now and I think that’s what I’m going to be true to right now. I really haven’t thought about anything else.”

It was obvious that Savard at the time made it clear he wanted to finish his career in Boston, but who knows what’s happened since then. It’s also possible that the Bruins have discussed a possible trade involving Savard, since he could be the center the Blue Jackets are looking for, while thinking there’s a chance he waives the NTC.

With this just being a discussion between the two teams, it’s likely the parts will certainly change. If Savard isn’t willing to waive his NTC, then you wonder if the Bruins have the parts that the Blue Jackets would want in order to give up the 4th pick.

As of now, we’re nowhere near reporting this as a done deal. It’s likely not close either, especially as I learned this morning that this trade was still in just the discussion phase.

I understand some of the responses I’ve seen on here and on Twitter, especially when a trade rumor of this magnitude seemingly comes out of nowhere. I can guarantee that this is not a “total fabrication” and that this comes from a reliable source. Is it being reported as fact? Not even close.

[Thanks to Greg Wyshynski for pointing us to the Savard quotes]