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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: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

Matt Cooke is a plug



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

I'm a penguin fan but I can't help but think that what is going on with Crosby right now is some kind of karma for this hit.

Maybe.  The coincidence is the hits that put Crosby out are considered legal in the NHL, just as the hit on Marc Savard was supposedly legal back then.  For the life of me I don't understand how it can be legal to try and take a player's head off when he's not looking and easily after the puck leaves his stick.  But it is what it is..... Savard's career is done and Syd Crosby is in massive trouble.  Very sad.....



Since: Aug 28, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

Matt cooke is garbage. For sure and the legend in his own mind mario lemeuix defended this hit , but then karma is a strange thing for the penguins looks like cindy is going to have some problems now



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

Crap play by Matt Cooke, what a shame.  There is just no place for it in the league...Shame for Marc Savard...



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

Savard just came back WAY too soon. The Cooke hit was in the beginning of March, at the end of March Savard was quoted as saying he still couldnt be in rooms with bright lights, yet by mid-April he was scoring game-winning goals against Buffalo in the 1st round of the playoffs. 

The guy just couldn't have been 100% right when he came back to the ice.







Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

To see Marc Savard knocked out by a nasty cheapshot sucks, but let's not go overboard.  Less Pat LaFontaine and more Pat Peake...



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 4:04 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

A cheapshot and the related concussion eventually ended Pat LaFontiane's career as well.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Bruins GM: Savard out for year, likely career

I'm a penguin fan but I can't help but think that what is going on with Crosby right now is some kind of karma for this hit.
 


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