I was thinking last night about Savvy, and while I do agree that nearly a point per game average and an extremely manageable contract make him valuable to the B's, I'm puzzled as to why this type of player isn't equally as valuable to other teams as well.
So I starting looking over Savvy's resume and I feel like there may be a pretty strong negative under current for him within NHL circles. Consider:
- Why are there no offers for him? Why is there no conversation, no rumors beyond Toronto and Kaberle? It's not like the FA market is strong in centers.
- Why didn't he make the Canadian teams in '10, or '06? In 2010, 15 centers were invited to camp. FIFTEEN, and he was not one.
- Why did NY, Calgary and Atlanta let him go so easily?
Regarding the '10 Olympic team, here is what Stevey Y said: "He’s a very good player and at the end of the day, when we put this list together, we wanted to bring in some different types of players – maybe some guys who aren’t leading their teams in scoring but are very good players in a different role," said Yzerman on Savard. (full story here)
Sure that makes sense. But fifteen centers, all of whom are playing different roles to the point where a 1p/g center is not valuable EVEN TO TRY OUT? Smells fishy to me. This reaks of bad locker room guy to me.
I'm starting to have the opinion that Savvy is at the very least not well respected among his NHL brothers, perhaps not well liked at all.
End of the day the contract and points per games are good, but they are only two of many factors that contribute to a hockey player - are we focusing too much on those two positive areas and not enough on others of his game/sportsmanship/team camaraderie?