All i remember was him putting up a lot points, while playing a little physical, and being only 25 years old...yet CAL unloaded him for a draft pick...
He can put up points provided he plays with a good set of wings. He's not that physical although he racks up a fair share of PIMs, mainly because of agitator-type penalties. Someone else said it best: good for your fantasy hockey team, not so good for your NHL team.
He was Calgary's #1 center playing between Iginla and Stillman in 2001. Then he got injured and Conroy took over the #1 center job between McAmmond and Iginla as an experiment, which turned into the most dominant line for a good portion of the 2002 season. When Savard came back he expected to be the #1 center again but instead was put on the #2 line where he sulked and didn't produce. Sutter gave him a shot on the #1 line for a while but it just didn't click as well as with Conroy on it. Tired of him whining about not being the #1 center, Calgary shipped him off.
I'm sure there is more to the story, but Conroy and probably Cowan (who was also on that Calgary team) would probably know a bit more about his personality. In his defense, when he was fighting for the #1 center spot in Calgary there was really nobody else to work with on the other lines. Ronald Petrovicky and Steve Begin were about the most talented guys left, wouldn't you complain a bit too?
Why give up all that for Savard when he will be an UFA next summer. LA is a nice place, Kings have shown they will spend money on relatively young FA's esp. since JR and Luc will be gone by then. I'm sure they can offer Savard something and he will be consider it.
When Savard came back he expected to be the #1 center again but instead was put on the #2 line where he sulked and didn't produce. Sutter gave him a shot on the #1 line for a while but it just didn't click as well as with Conroy on it.