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Report: Training camp looks unlikely for Marc Savard, whose concussion issues continue

Jul 28, 2011, 5:33 PM EST

Marc Savard, Peter Chiarelli AP

Thanks to strong work down the middle from the likes of David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Rich Peverley, the Boston Bruins were able to win the 2011 Stanley Cup without star center Marc Savard. While it’s unclear if the concussion-wracked forward will get his name on the Cup, he will enjoy a day with the silver chalice on Monday.

The bigger question is: when will he enjoy a few days without concussion symptoms? The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa provides an update on Savard’s condition from Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli that really isn’t much of an update at all: not much has changed. He’s still dealing with headaches related to post-concussion syndrome. Shinzawa reports that the gifted playmaker won’t participate in Bruins training camp in September unless there is “an immediate turnaround in his condition.”

Once again, you have to wonder if Savard’s career will sadly be cut short. He suffered two concussions in a dangerously close span to get to this point. The first was probably the biggest, as Matt Cooke devastated him with a highly controversial check in March 2010 while former Bruin Matt Hunwick‘s hit gave him another concussion in January 2011. Savard hasn’t played since and there’s reason to believe that he won’t play again.

Things just haven’t been right the last two seasons, with Savard scoring just 10 points in 25 games in 2010-11 and 33 in 41 during the 09-10 campaign. The four prior seasons showed what the sublime passer can be capable of with strong linemates and good health, though. Savard scored 97 points in his last season with Atlanta then continued to light up the league with the Bruins, scoring 96 in 06-07, 78 in 07-08 and 88 in 08-09.

As sad as it would be to see a talented player hang up his skates too soon, it might end up being the best thing for Savard as a person. It seemed like he paid the price for a hasty return with that Hunwick concussion, although maybe it was another case of bad luck.

Hopefully Savard enjoys his day with the Cup and eventually a clean bill of health, whether that means the end of his playing days or not.

  1. nickr214 - Jul 28, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    I miss savard.. I would love to see him back on the ice next season but of coarse that is highly unlikely

  2. nhlbruins90 - Jul 28, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    I wish him well. If you’ve got your health, you have all you need.

  3. derpdederpdederp - Jul 28, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    so can we ban Matt Cooke from hockey yet? baseball banned Pete Rose and he only made a few wagers

  4. stakex - Jul 29, 2011 at 2:36 AM

    This is such a shame. While I’m not a Boston fan, its a huge tragedy to see a gifted player have his career cut in half due to an utter cheap shot. If its just a bad luck collision, or a clean hit with a bad outcome… so be it. This however, was completely avoidable and there is no reason for Savard to be in this position.

    It still chaps my ass to this day that the league didn’t do a damn thing about Matt Cooke when this happened. Sure, they threw the book at him this year after yet more cheap shots… but it was a little late, and by a little I mean a ****ing lot. Funny thing is, for all the talk about dirty play from Lemieux and how its ruining hockey, he responded to Cookes ending of Savards career by giving him a nice big contract extension. What a joke.

    I know two wrongs don’t make a right, but man I hope someone really head hunts Cooke before his career is over.

    • yuckygeo - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:41 PM

      Yes, yes it’s all Lemieux’s fault. In fact, I’d blame Lemieux for the Bruins rushing Savard back for the ’09-’10 playoffs and Hunwick’s hit this year. That dirty Lemieux.

      • stakex - Jul 29, 2011 at 8:53 PM

        I didn’t say it was all his fault now did I? If you have any reading comprehension skills at all you would easily see I was simply pointing out the hypocricy from the guy who has all the power over Matt Cooke. He preaches about cleaning up the game (after two non-dirty hits on Crosby I might add), and then gives a massive contract to the dirtiest player in the league. I guess he means he only wants to clean up the rest of the league… which isn’t even close to as dirty as his own team.

        Its actually all Cooke’s fault. He is the one who threw the hit, and while the Bruins might have rushed Savard back too fast… the whole situation was caused by the hit.

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