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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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Comments

Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 10:49 am
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

That video is even harder to watch for me now that I know the longterm results. I'll believe Cooke has "changed" when he stays out of trouble for about five season in a row. IMHO if he does something like this ever again, he should be banned from the leauge. You can't have someone out there game after game who routinely does things like this.



Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 9:07 am
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

It really is just a shame.  Sad day for hockey to see something like this happen.  Concussions are just no joke.  Cooke is an idiot, no doubt.



Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 8:22 am
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

in this particular example Savard had no way of "keeping his head up" here.. He was defenseless.. Total cheapshot as most of us all know and very unfortunate to have Savard's career end this way. I only hope he gets better so he can go on with his life as healthy as possible..

But, don't worry Matt Cooke has said he's going to change the way he body checks people now... What a joke.. should have done that a long time ago buddy... l



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 7:59 am
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

Well said, Del Norte. I'm also inclined to add to your "cocktail" the ever-increasing speed of the game. The technology for speed (i.e. skates and lighter, less-restrictive protective gear) is moving faster than the tech for shock absorption, it seems. I strongly suspect as well that the players are physically bigger and stronger in general than they used to be as sports training continues to advance, and momentum (mass multiplied by velocity) is increasing on these hits. These two factors make even clean hits a lot more dangerous than they used to be, and head-shots that much more unacceptable.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:57 am
 

Matt Cooke is a is a CANDY ASS PUNK !!!!

Cooke is a PUNK



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 12:11 am
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

I'm pretty sure Shawn Thorton kicked his a** the on the first faceoff of the next game they played



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

I could stoop to the level of the trolls that have commented so far, but I feel like I'm a bigger person than that. I'll just simply wish Savard the best and hope he can live a normal, healthy life post-hockey.  



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

Still CANNOT believe that nobody on the "Big Bad Bruins"
did a thing after that cheap shot that night...  Cooke deserves
a fist in the face every shift he takes.

Here's hoping Pittsburgh never wins anything again with those
jokes of residents that call themselves fans (when the team is winning).

Go Penguins...all the way to KC.  (Wishful thinking these days...maybe when they
start losing again in a couple yrs.)



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 10:51 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

Their*



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 10:51 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

Certainly not trying to defend headhunting or cheapshots, but players watch their passes and keep their heads down much moreso than in the past. Tim Connolly is the worst example, with Paul Kariya coming to mind as well. They're either looking at the puck on their sticks or looking to see if they're passes will lead to a goal and blam, toast. Also, as in American football, the players are so much stronger, faster and wearing "equipment" that can be considered weaponry. Certainly headhunting and cheapshots need to go, but let's not ignore the real cocktail of events that's leading to these horrible injuries.


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