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Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

Posted on: August 31, 2011 2:26 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 2:51 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli brought some sobering news to a festive offseason for Boston, saying that Marc Savard isn't expected to play in 2011-12 at all. Moreover, the team is assuming the forward's career is finished.

From the Boston Globe Bruins Blog:

“Marc Savard won’t play this year,” Chiarelli said. “Nothing has changed in our monitoring. He’ll be examined and he’ll be declared unfit to play.

“Based on what I see, what I hear, what I read, and what I’m told, it’s very unlikely Marc will play again,” Chiarelli continued. “Now, knowing the uncertainty of this injury, there’s always a chance [he could play]. But based on what I’m told, it’s very unlikely he’ll play. As an employer, I support him and hope he gets back to living a healthy life.”

There's been little bad news for Bruins in the past few months. Obviously that changed with the announcement.

It's terrible news. You don't ever want to see a player's career ended short this way. Unfortunately, it doesn't come out of the blue as a total shock. Savard has spent a good part of the past few years dealing with concussions. He first took one on the controversial blindside hit from Matt Cooke that helped the NHL move forward in eliminating the hits from the sport.

He eventually returned but suffered a second concussion in February of this season. Since then he has continued to struggle with post-concussion symptoms and it appears nobody is willing to let the 34-year-old Savard get back on the ice.

Only defenseman Zdeno Chara is under contract with the Bruins for longer than Savard, who still has six seasons at more than $4 million per left.

It wasn't long ago that Savard was at the top of his game. In 2008-09 he played a full 82-game slate with the Bruins and had 25 goals with 63 assists. His best season came while in Atlanta when he scored a career-high 28 goals and had 69 assists for a 97-point season.

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kkjyywlpo
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Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:32 pm
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Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:51 am
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

You truly are an idiot if you think he didn't target his head with his shoulder...  I understand your bitter because we keep kicking your asses but to say this was an unfortunate hit? your a moron... He wasn't admiring jack and you know jack about hockey.. have you ever even played the game because this is just a stupid, moronic statement from someone who looks at other peoples comments that are also stupid and incorporates it into the same thing..



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 9:37 am
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

Sad, but at 34 and risking Ali-like symptoms for the rest of his life retirement is probably the smart move for the guy.

Something has to be done to clean up the dirty hits in hockey.  Two ideas are:  Ban all hits to the head with automatic 5, game misconduct, and suspension for all hits contacting the head (reasonable exceptions if the player being hit moved his head down at the last second); Announce that all injuries caused by illegal hits come with a minimum suspension equal to the period of the injury (i.e. until the injured player is medically cleared to play again) plus a number of games determined by the league office.  I like the latter better as it should clean up most of the cheap crap in hockey overnight.




Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

Ah, yes....history repeats itself as another scumbag Penguin effectively ends the career of a Bruins star.
still crying about the hit on Neeley?  go watch the video on that one again, because it wasn't knee on anything.

while Cooke isn't a saint, some of his "hits" (at least since he's came to the Pens) are made out to be more than they are.  i forget who it was, someone from the Bolts i think, that he hit "from behind" and got the 4 game suspension, was a partial sell job.  it was made out to be that he was launched directly into the boards, but he went in at an angle, then stayed down for a bit, got right up and joined the scrum.  that one was a BS suspension and only happened because it was Cooke.  the flying elbow on the Ranger had Penguin nation screaming at him, and then when his suspension wasn't used as a yard stick for further action (and Chara comes imediately to mind), then it showed the length was BS as well.

until the entire league gets rid of the "super tough" mentality it has, each team needs an aggiator/gone along the lines of Cooke.  they get rid of that, then players like Cooke will get drummed out.  as a local sport radio personalty said, "if they're going to allow nukes, each team needs a nuke".



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

I believe you resorted to name calling as well, by calling me a stupid Isles fan? Did you forget? But that's right your a Penguins fan, short memory right. I really shouldn't have such high expectations of you. Now go bang your head against a wall until some sense and intelligence enters it. That should occupy you for awhile...



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

Thank you for at least acknowledging it wasn't an elbow...that's refreshing, even from a Sabres fan. And thank you Isles fan for hammering home my point and regressing the conversation to name calling, I guess that's about all we can expect from you.



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: September 3, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

Left hand off the stick, arm coming up against a completely open player behind the play (albeit by a little).  Regardless of whether you call this an elbow or a shoulder it was a cowardly hit and Matt Cooke is d-bag.  I do not like the Bruins one bit being a Sabre fan.  But its too bad to see someone with hockey talent like Savard done for his career.  Especially when you take into account it was a hit by a guy that's a marginal 4th liner.  The game needs Savard way more than it needs Cooke.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2011 11:29 am
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

Stupid is as stupid does, and by reading your posts I rest my case. Just worry about your fragile little miss crosby....



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2011 9:28 am
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

Seriously everyone! Hit play on the articles video and if you see an elbow, you are blind! Cooke glides into Savard with an open ice shoulder check...the contact was made above the 24 on Cookes sleeve. If his elbow is up there, he is deformed. We can debate this but please be rational, it was CLEARLY NOT AN ELBOW! Also I want everyone who said it was to come back and apologize.


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