Fire&Ice- Marc Savard has not played in the NHL since dressing for 25 games for the Bruins in 2010-11, his career ended because of post-concussion issues.
However, the Devils acquired him from the Panthers on Friday along with a second-round pick in the 2018 draft in exchange for minor-league forwards Graham Black and Paul Thompson.
Savard, 38, is entering the final season of a seven-year, $28.15 million deal with an average salary cap hit of $4.03 million. Savard's salary for 2016-17 is $575,000.
The move means the Devils currently have approximately $38 million allocated to 18 players and could be an indication general manager Ray Shero will wait until next offseason to go shopping for a higher-priced item in the free agent market.
If there is one thing that I immediately realized about Ray Shero upon his arrival in New Jersey it's that you rarely see a picture of him smiling. At first I was concerned that the Devils new General Manager was a miserable old curmudgeon that had long been beaten down by the undue scrutiny he faced for building a Penguins team that is now just one win from a Stanley Cup. Now I want everyone to pay attention because I don't say this often, the extent to which I was wrong is deader than whatever it is that is lurking behind Gray Busey's eyes.
You see, the reason that Ray Shero hardly ever gives his pearly whites any airtime isn't because he's a dejected, apathetic executive, it's because he doesn't find fulfillment in the same ways that most of us do. His peak level of happiness can only be achieved by taking advantage of the vulnerabilities of others, and the ONLY way in which that enthusiasm can be conveyed is through a guileful smirk that would make a used car salesman look like he was prepping for a yearbook photo. I say this with all due respect to him and with the upmost appreciation for what he has accomplished in New Jersey in just one short year - Ray Shero is a goddamn weasel. A snake - lurking in the grass- waiting for his prey to turn it's back and expose it's fatal flaws.
You saw it when he wrestled Kyle Palmieri - a player that was ripe for a breakout season - away from Anaheim because he knew they couldn't afford to pay him. Well, he just confirmed that transaction wasn't an aberration by taking on the NHL's most expensive corpse (no offense Marc) in exchange for an asset that he proven adept at manufacturing into productivity. I guess you can't call 4 million dollars "meaningless", but the money that Ray Shero just added to the payroll that enables his team's continued construction through the draft is as petty as cash can possibly get. They say you're never fully dressed without a smile, but if he keeps acquiring players and picks that can expedite the Devils rebuild then Ray Shero can show up to the Fulton family 4th of July BBQ butt ass naked with his dick in his hand for all I care.