I could see the whole team being flown out to be with Savvy if he is announcing his retirement. It would be a nice gesture. Actually that wouldn't make sense. Savvy retiring would be a press conference, not a phone call. I wouldn't expect anything major.
It wasn't three weeks ago when the last media report about his condition stated that there was no waning of the symptoms (Fluto, Oct. 4), so I would doubt that the news is about Savard, unless it is indeed regarding a retirement filing. Any other news regarding Savvy would probably be handed off to a reporter for them to do a story on, and not have a phone call dedicated to the subject.
Does anyone know if Chia is in town? If he is I doubt this is major news, but if he is out west, that could explain the time and conference call. My guess though is that the two things are not related and that whatever he talks about isn't important enough to be seen with a background and podium.