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Report: Bruins’ Marc Savard to join Ottawa 67’s

Aug 11, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

It appears Marc Savard has found his next job.

The Boston Bruins forward, who remains on long-term injured reserved with the NHL club, is set to join the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s as a scout.

The report comes from XM Radio’s Chris Stevenson:

Savard has not played since suffering a concussion on a hit from Matt Hunwick of the Colorado Avalanche in January 2011.

It was his second concussion after he received a blindsided head shot from, then Penguins forward, Matt Cooke in March 2010.

The 37-year-old has missed the past three seasons with post-concussion syndrome.

According to CapGeek, Savard is scheduled to make $2.65 million in final three seasons of his seven-year, $28 million contract, which kicked in during the 2010-11 season.

The former fourth-round pick of the New York Rangers has 207 goals and 706 points in 807 games with the Rangers, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and Bruins.

Related: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli says Marc Savard won’t play this year and might not ever play again

  1. ibieiniid - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    A new nominee for the award for farthest throwback in a linked article. Just under 3 years ago.

    Also, a new nominee for coolest blogger name at PHT. Sorry Yerdon.

  2. rbbbaron - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    I couldn’t help but to follow up that Savard clip with the Evander Kane KO video

  3. djshnooks - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Time to hang it up…out of the league for 3 years and still collecting a full paycheck?

    • titansbro - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      why on earth would he give up the paycheck? take advantage of the fully guaranteed contracts. jeremy jacobs would cut him & not pay him if the cba allowed it.

    • patthehockeyfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      You’re the type who complains when former players sue the league for help dealing with their post-concussion symptoms, aren’t you?

      So what. He’s collecting a paycheck. Is it coming out of your pocket?

      Here’s what Chiarelli said back in 2011: “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 said. “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.”

      No mention of Savard’s continuing to collect a paycheck. And, this is his employer talking.

      You watch a guy go from a vibrant, talented hockey player who provides oohs and aahs for fans to a guy who suffers from headaches, memory loss, etc. I can’t see how anyone could be so heartless to question whether he’s collecting a paycheck. SMH

      • ibieiniid - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        I’m hoping he meant that some other way. There’s no way he could be upset about a guy collecting on his contract that he can no longer fulfill because of…. the inherent dangers of fulfilling his contract.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        100% agree. some people either don’t understand the financial end of it, the severe health issues associated with PCS, or both. Savard gave up any semblance of a normal enjoyable, where even menial tasks can trigger symptoms, for 3 years on his road to recovery and ppl want him to stop taking compensation? The guy sacrificed a ton for the Bruins and the NHL, he deserves every cent of his contract. And this is before mentioning that the Bruins absolutely need his LTIR exception.

      • stakex - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        I agree with your post, but lets be honest here…. a lot of the guys filing concussion related lawsuits don’t actually have post-concussion symptoms. Many only played a handful of NHL games, and in the latest round of suits some of the guys are actually still playing professional hockey.

        Nothing at all wrong with a guy collecting the paycheck he is guaranteed, but the issue of concussion lawsuits is a lot murkier.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        Maybe a better point to be made is about all the guys who instantly jump to opposing the lawsuits even while knowing somewhere close to 0 facts pertaining to them. There ARE those people on here that already disagree with any lawsuits brought against the league they watch. You can pretty well SMELL their jealousy of never having an NHL career themselves.

      • petersteelewannabe - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Who is farging icehole that keeps thumbing down these thoughtful posts? Pat, ibieiniid, philly etc all making rational points and some coward (anonymously) thumbs them down, what a jagoff.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        lol I got 2 thumbs down for asking a question a couple comments down from here. I always envision angry cat or w/e that meme is called just clicking down thumbs all day.

      • patthehockeyfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Honestly, petersteelewannabe, who cares who thumbs things down and why? I don’t. People have their issues and their own agenda. Just ignore it. And, thanks for the nice words.

    • topshelf37 - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Insurance companies backup all these contracts in the event there is an injury. So yes, he’s getting a full paycheck, but it’s from an insurance company not an NHL team. And he obviously misses out on any incentives that were thrown into the mix so he is making less than he would if he were playing.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        I bet that guy calls him a “freeloader.” That’s an oh-so-popular way to make yourself feel better about your own broke-a** life these days.

      • jpelle82 - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        so now that he’s gained employment elsewhere, shouldnt it nullify the payments from an ethical standpoint? if i collect unemployment ( which is insurance in case you lose your job thanks to no fault of your own) i would have to stop collecting it once i get another job. i get thats probably not a requirement in this case but its pretty shady to keep collecting in my opinion…he should retire officially and move on. he’s jacking up the cost of that insurance for everybody else….freeloader….

      • ibieiniid - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        but he’s not getting unemployment (regardless of the fact that you using the word “unemployment” makes you feel better about calling him a freeloader). he’s being paid his NHL contract. that’s how NHL contracts work because…. that’s what NHL contracts say they’ll do. both team and player sign those, pelle.

      • topshelf37 - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        jpelle, if that were to nullify it, then would you also say that any player who receives endorsement money while under contract should also no longer be entitled to their contracted salaries? Boy, NHL teams won’t be paying much anymore! In my opinion he is well within ethical guidelines. He’s not getting paid $4-5mil to scout for a junior team, so that should certainly not nullify his entire contract. If it did, as you suggest, then it would encourage people to remain unemployed. Is that ethical? He’s out there working and helping out with the sport he loves. Maybe you’re just trolling, and that’s fine, but if you really have a problem with this I think you need to take a second glance.

      • jpelle82 - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        i dont have a problem with them fulfilling their contractual obligations, i get it. just saying at what point as a man do you keep collecting for something you’re not earning?

      • patthehockeyfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        Jpelle, you ask: at what point as a man do you keep collecting for something you’re not earning?

        Answer: when your contract says you stop collecting.

    • soj83 - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      The reason he is collecting a paycheck still is because he signed a contract that would expire after he turns 35. If he retires, the whole contract goes against the cap, if he doesn’t retire, even though he will never play again, the Bruins can put him on LTIR at the beginning of the season and use the 4 mil to sign Krug, R. Smith and whoever else they can fit in. The Flyers did this with Ian Laperriere and currently with Pronger. The reason behind the 35+ contracts is so you don’t a guy until he is 50 with 10 years at the league minimum to lower his cap hit. So while it is circumventing the cap in a way, it was built in to protect teams from situations like this or the Flyers.

    • thesportsjudge - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Like Patty Laffy, dj?

  4. Windmiller4 - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    I figure that he knows retiring will hurt the bruins because of the retirement penalty or whatever they call it. So assumedly savard will collect his paycheck and stay on the LTIR for the next 3 years so he doesn’t hurt the bruins cap. After this contract is up he will most likely retire. Best of luck to him, sucks to see him taken out of the game the way he was

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    It’s great to see that guys like Savard, Pronger, and Primeau are starting to get back to normal lives. I’m sure all 3 wish they could’ve stayed on the ice longer but post concussion syndrome is one of the most devastating conditions an athlete can endure. Hopefully the headaches are gone and Savard can build a hockey career off the ice.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Is Pronger? Maybe I missed it, but I haven’t heard one good piece of news about him since the injury.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM

        He’s been in a special assistant role with the Flyers. He does some scouting of junior players and assists in other random areas. I believe he’s been on the draft floor with the team the past two seasons. The problem with Pronger though goes beyond the concussions… it’s his eye. It’s so damaged that even if his head was well enough to return he no longer has the depth perception necessary to play. If anyone could play through it he could but there’s 0% he’d ever risk his livelihood even further.

        The man was only a Flyer for a short time but he’s still one of the all-time greats. Richards wore the “C” but i think more often than not it was Prongers team.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        I always kinda assumed that “position” was just a way to get him on the payroll and work his way (at his own pace health-wise) into a real scouting position. I’ve heard nothing more on the scouting front, so I assumed that he hadn’t really made much progress yet.

  6. mz1394 - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    The stupidity never ends with buffalo fans lol esp djsux

    • govtminion - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      This has been your ‘swipe at a team not involved in this article and at a poster who hasn’t responded here, for no apparent reason’.

  7. cjeagle14 - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    “According to CapGeek, Savard is scheduled to make a little over $4 million in each of the next three seasons part of a seven-year, $28 million contract, which kicked in during the 2010-11 season.”

    No, his CAP HIT will be a little over $4 million each of the next three years. He will be paid a total of $2.65 million combined in the next three years – $1.5 million this year, and $575,000 each of the next two. There’s a difference between cap hit and actual salary.

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