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Savard could miss the rest of the season

Mar 9, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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The latest news on Marc Savard’s concussion issues represents one of the worst (although not the most surprising) scenarios: he may miss the rest of the season. This report comes from the Twitter feed of Chris Johnson, a hockey writer for The Canadian Press.

Peter Chiarelli says Marc Savard suffered a “serious” concussion, reiterates that he could be done for the season.

According to the Boston Globe, Boston GM Peter Chiarelli said that the team will have a better idea regarding the length of Savard’s injury in the “next 4-5 days.”

“I’m just really tired right now,” Savard said. “[I have] headaches, my head’s been pounding all morning. I just want to get back to Boston and get in my bed.”

Head shots should be the focus of the general managers’ meetings anyway, but there is no doubt that the scary injury of a star in a big market will definitely force the issue. As we discussed yesterday, Colin Campbell – the man responsible for the league’s “Wheel of Justice” – shared some disturbingly casual remarks about dirty hits.


Look, it often makes me uncomfortable to call for someone’s head, but Campbell seems completely out of touch with the heart of these issues. Simply put, the consequences aren’t anywhere near harsh enough to deter dangerous (and careless) hits from happening.

Heck, Hammurabi’s Code  of  an eye for an eye almost seems more progressive than the league’s wildly subjective range of suspensions and slaps on the wrist. This is not my way of saying “someone should concuss Matt Cooke” but perhaps the league should simply find punishments that fit the crime. Accidents happen, yet I imagine if someone lost their career because they ended another one, people might actually tuck their elbows in a little better.

There are no easy solutions, but Campbell seems to prefer a simple shrug of his shoulders. Which – let’s face it – isn’t that far from a shrug of Cooke’s elbow.

(H/T to The Fourth Period.)

  1. kck - Mar 9, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    CC has got to go. His reaction is as bad as a politician who turns his eyes on a major problem because he is covering his own ass and seems more worried about his job. Hockey has become a embarrasment, i still love hockey as a game, but this kind of stuff is really pathetic in 2010, come on, you want more fans NHL? this will do it won’t it?

  2. Pato - Mar 9, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Sorry, but that hit was dirty. It was absolutely an elbow, if you hit someone with your shoulder, you don’t have to tuck your elbow back in after. The seconds AFTER the hit show this. He thought he could stick the elbow out there and tuck it back in to avoid a penalty, which is exactly what happened.
    The GMs need to deal with this at their meetings. There is already a penalty for inadvertent high sticking, why not hits to the head? Even if he hit him with the shoulder, any hit that targets a player’s head should be a penalty.

  3. Jake - Mar 9, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    When a player is injured in a DIRTY PLAY like that the guilty party should be suspended with out PAY until the injured player returns to play

  4. vietnamvet69 - Mar 10, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    I agree with Jake that when a palyer is injured in either a dirty play or a cheap shot, that the player inflicting the injury needs to be suspended without pay until the injured palyer is able to return to the team and play again. If for some reason the injury causes the player to have to end his playing career, then something more drastic needs to happen. Also, Colin Campbell needs to retire and be replaced by someone who seems to be more concerned with the health and well-being of the player and not the leaque!

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