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Marc Savard still feeling concussion symptoms almost six months later

Jun 19, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

Marc Savard

Boston Bruins star forward Marc Savard was able to celebrate his team’s Stanley Cup victory, taking part in the parade and feeling the love from the fans in Boston. While Savard played in just 25 games with the team this year and the team is trying to to get his name on the Stanley Cup, Savard is still having problems with his health.

In late January, Savard was knocked out for the season after suffering a concussion from a hit by former Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick. Even in spite of that happening nearly six months ago, Savard is still struggling with concussion symptoms.

CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty caught up with Savard at the Stanley Cup parade and found out just how he’s doing.

”I’m feeling better. I still have my days. The memory is the biggest thing for me and the mornings are kind of tough,” said Savard. “The memory stuff is really terrible and hopefully it gets better.”

That’s not a very encouraging sign for Savard that he’s still having memory issues. After Savard was initially knocked out of business last year against Pittsburgh thanks to Matt Cooke, Savard’s road to recovery has been a rough one.

While he came back during last year’s playoff loss to Philadelphia his comeback in the offseason was hampered by setbacks that delayed his return this past season. It’s unlikely that the Bruins will push Savard to hurry back and given his condition it’s impossible to think we’ll see him to start next season.

It’s a sad story but for those pushing for better care to be taken for those who have suffered concussions, Savard’s ordeal is one that will be held up as a reason why players and medical trainers should take extreme care of those dealing with concussions.

  1. islandersfan - Jun 19, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Savard is a good player and a good person who deserves better. That said he should probably retire for his own sake.

    Best wishes Marc whatever happens.

    • deepthreat - Jun 19, 2011 at 9:23 PM

      Not to pick on you, but I really have a hard time with fans and media pretending to know what is best for a professional athlete.

      Leave it to the doctors and the athletes themselves.

      Every time an guy like Tedy Bruschi or Marc Savard gets a serious injury, we hear the media and fans saying things like “He has nothing left to prove.” or “He should think about his family”, when the fact is they have no idea what makes a professional athlete tick.

      These are competitve MONSTERS who live to go after it with the best in their respective sports.

      The media and fans have no idea what is “best” for these guys.

      • stakex - Jun 19, 2011 at 11:54 PM

        This “competitive monster” is having a hard time remembering what he ate for lunch yesterday… six months after his concusion. It does not take a brain surgeuon to realize he has some very serious issues, and that returning to the game would be very dangerous for him.

        You become more prone to concusions after you have suffered one… and the symptoms can become worse with each one. So if your having symptoms six months after your second major concusion in a year, only an idiot could argue returning to play would be a good idea. I do agree there are times when fans/media don’t know whats best for a player…. but in this case its pretty obvious. If Savard plays ever again (The odds of Savard ever playing hocky in the NHL again are so slim they might as well be none), he is taking an amazing risk that he will suffer another concusion… and face even worse symptoms.

        So really, lets hear your argument as to why no one has any idea what is “best” for Savard… other then some lame idea that professional athletes are somehow different then everyone else. I want to hear why its not in Savards intrest to retier, when its a fact that another concussion could be a very very bad thing for him… even leading to permanant brain damage or dysfunction.

  2. deepthreat - Jun 20, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    OH… OK, Dr. stakex… I didn’t know you had gone over the MRIs and EEGs and examined Savard with the Bruins medical staff…
    Nice job diagnosing and dictating some one else’s future when you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.
    I never said he shouldn’t retire.
    I say he is in the care of the best doctors in the world and it will be his and their decision and not some tool like you.

    • nhlbruins90 - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM

      The best doctors in the world still don’t fully understand these concussions and what the best course of action is. So, it’s fair to say that he’ll be taking quite a risk coming back. I’m sure that’s what the doctors will be telling him too.

      • rje49 - Jun 25, 2011 at 9:06 PM

        Yeah, but Bobby Clarke thought he knew how Eric Lindros felt- or should feel, didn’t he? Whenever I there are discussions about concussions I think about how Lindros was treated.

  3. 8man - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    He’s done. And he knows it. I said as much months ago. Time to move on.

  4. nhlbruins90 - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Of course he’s done. The Bruins are being respectful and polite in letting the ‘when will he come back’ thing play out. I think Savard must be slowly coming to the realization that his hockey career is over. Sometimes we’re the last to know the obvious, and there’s really no reason for him to make the final decision now anyway.

    As for the ‘hyper-competitive’ athlete, well, I really won’t be entertained watching a guy destroy his health out there on the ice. I don’t want to see it. Sure, we’ll watch for the same reason we look at a car accident. Then we’ll wish we never saw it. And you don’t need a medical degree to figure this one out.

  5. daveydawg - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    glad that matt cooke gets to continue his career…

    • jpelle82 - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      hopefully not with the penguins

      • daveydawg - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:58 AM

        it must be hard to be a penquin fan– you had to cringe when Lemieux got on the soapbox. He has zero credibility now. Great team, not talking about the squad, just Lemieux.

  6. deepthreat - Jun 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Again…missing the point of my comment entirely.
    I don’t want to see him out there getting himself hurt.
    I am saying that for any fan or media member to think he should quit because “He has nothing to prove” or “Should just settle down with his family” has no idea what makes a competitive athlete tick.
    If the doctors say that they can play, they will.
    Leave it up to them.

    • nhlbruins90 - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:20 PM

      Whether he can play or should play are two different things. The doctors will never be able to say he’s not risking his long-term health by returning to the ice, because they simply don’t know that. That field of medicine is evolving. And you can always get a doctor to tell you what you want to hear. Just ask the widow of Len Bias.

      He’s definitely taking a risk, and he and the Bruins will decide what level of risk they’re willing to take. Strictly from a fans POV, I’d rather not see him out there. The first big hit he takes to the noggin and he’s back on the stretcher. Odds are he’ll get another hit to the noggin. That’s hockey. He’s prone to concussions. That much we know. And yeah, we all know what makes a pro athlete tick. We’re not stupid here.

      • deepthreat - Jun 21, 2011 at 10:48 AM

        Not so sure you really do know because you compared what I said to wanting to gawk at a car accident when that wasn’t what I said at all.

  7. 89seminole - Jun 20, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    The NHL should let him get his name on the Cup. That would be a start.

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