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Marc Savard feeling better, still struggling

Apr 8, 2010, 8:45 PM EST

Joe
McDonald of ESPNBoston.com
has some quotes from Bruins forward Marc
Savard today, as he struggles to recover from a brutal concussion
thanks to a hit by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke.

“There’s
still minor headaches and stuff I’m still cautious about,”
Savard said. “Until those go away, I’m not going to be able to come
back. Right now, I’m cheering on the boys. I’m able to watch now and I’m
feeling better, that’s for sure.”

He says that he’s
now able to get out the house and trying to get back to some semblance
of a normal life, but he still a far, far ways off from even attempting
to get back on the ice. He won’t return this season, and right now it
looks like Savard may have trouble returning in time for training camp
for next season.

There’s still plenty of time from now until then,
however, but the key is not to try and rush a return from such a bad
injury.

This sort of scenario, where Savard sits at home and
struggles just to face the sunlight in the morning while Matt Cooke
plays for the Penguins in the playoffs, is exactly what makes hockey
fans angry. That this was not an illegal hit at the time, technically,
is a travesty and despite the NHL’s knee jerk attempts to fix the issue
was something that could have been addressed years ago.

I don’t
care if it’s been a part of hockey forever; targeting a player’s head
with your shoulder when he’s not ready for the hit is incredibly
dangerous and stupid. Hopefully the NHL sees that all head shots — not
just ‘blind side’ ones — have no place in the game of hockey.

  1. Anthony - Apr 9, 2010 at 1:51 AM

    This whole season has been painful. Watching that game live, and seeing Savard taken out on a stretcher was a total shock. The anger started to set in after the first replay, and topped off when Cooke did not even receive a 2 minute minor. It’s a real shame he will miss the playoffs, every time he is on the ice good things happen.

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