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Marc Savard still experiencing headaches

Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:38 pm
By: Adam Gretz

Boston Bruins center Marc Savard hasn't played in an NHL game since Jan. 22 -- and has appeared in just 32 games since March of 2010 -- due to a pair of concussions he's suffered over the past two seasons. According to Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, the 34-year-old forward is still experiencing headaches as a result of the head injuries, and barring a sudden change in his condition is unlikely to participate in training camp for this upcoming season.

Given the severity of the injuries and the fact he's now in his mid-30's, you at least have to entertain the possibility that this could cut his career short, or at the very least limit his ability and production when he does finally return to the ice.  And just as a point of reference, Pat LaFontaine was only 32 when his career came to a premature end due to concussions, while Eric Lindros was just 33. That's not to say the situations are identical, or that Savard's problems are as severe as the ones LaFontaine and Lindros faced, but it's at least worth considering at this point.

Prior to the injuries he was one of the best playmaking centers in the NHL, finishing in the top-six in assists four times (including three times in the top-three) between 2005 and 2009. During a game against Pittsburgh late in the 2009-10 season, Savard was blindsided by Penguins forward Matt Cooke on a devastating hit to the head that ultimately helped lead to Rule 48, which made similar blindside hits to the head illegal. He didn't play another game during the regular season but was able to return for the playoffs where he tallied one goal -- an overtime game winner -- and two assists in seven games.

After appearing in just 25 games this past season, where his production had plummeted from his career norms, all the way down to just two goals and eight assists, Savard was on the receiving end of another brutal hit, this time into the glass, from Colorado's Matt Hunwick, resulting in his second concussion in less than nine months.

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Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:04 pm

Marc Savard still experiencing headaches

Thank you Dr. CarpShade for your insight.  Only Canadians get concussions.  There are no Americans that get concussions, or Russians, Swedes or anyone else.

Not everyone responds to the same thing the same way.  Maybe, possibly, Lannon, like most Americans, has an extremely thick skull, which protected his brain better than the normal sized skulls of Canadians, Russians and Swedes... 

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:48 am

Marc Savard still experiencing headaches

Savard has had a great career and it's sad that it looks like it is coming to an end but i really feel he should strongly consider retirement as it just may be too dangerous to get back on the ice.  When the headaches are lingering this long there's most likely some permanent damage somewhere, thank you for all youve done for the bruins and hockey Savy.

I pray you get your health back in order but please dont forget that there is life after hockey.

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:36 am

Marc Savard still experiencing headaches

What's with concussions and Canadians.  Are Canadians really that soft?  Justin Morneau still isn't the player he was.  Corey Koskie's career was ended from headaches.  (I knew it was bad last year when it was reported that Koskie contacted Morneau, a couple of milkman)  It took Pierre Marc Bouchard well over a year to come back.  Brett Burns missed a half a season.  Now Savard has issues.

So what's the deal?   Are Canadians really that fragile.  You see a pitcher like John Lannon take a line drive off the melon and he doesn't even miss a start.  Morneau gets a bump on the head and he's out almost a year.  Is it the affordable health care?  Do Canadians think every little bump or scratch needs to be seen by a doctor?  Did Canadians not drink enough as young adults, did they drink to much?  Why are Candians so soft?

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:05 am

Marc Savard still experiencing headaches

Very sad- Savard was a hell of a player, but I think his career is over.  Bruins fans can thank cheap-shot artists like Matt Cooke and the Competition Committee.  By discouraging fights and allowing massive pads, the end result can only be brutal cheapshots that results in severe head injuries like Savard's.  In the old days, players had to use their own bodies to make the hits, and rampant hitting risked getting an agitator into a fight.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:31 pm

Marc Savard still experiencing headaches

At the very least, Savard should sit out another year.   The Bruins could put him on long term IR again and his numbers wouldn't affect the cap.   Realistically though, he should just retire.  The Hunwick hit was a hard hit, but not a cheap shot and look at what happened.   The real damage was on the previous CHEAP SHOT by Cooke and Savard has never recovered fully from that.  

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:40 pm

Marc Savard still experiencing headaches

Meant to say he ducked the hit...or tried to at least.

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:38 pm

Marc Savard still experiencing headaches

I watched the game where Savard was hit by Hunwick.  He turned away from the hit which made the hit look worse than it was.  He really wasn't hit that hard.  Seeing how badly he was concussed though means he should probably hang 'em up for his own good.  It's a shame, he was a slick playmaker when he was on the top of his game.  Best of luck to him.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:02 am

Marc Savard still experiencing headaches

Bergeron is 'lucky' in that his concussions happened when he was a younger man, giving him time to recover.  Savard is older in the hockey sense.  By the time he fully recovers (if ever) his best days are behind him.

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