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Yesterday, Steve Simmons wrote this,
Marc Savard basically disappeared when his career ended in Boston. Media called. Nobody answered. Now suddenly Savard is a media guy. My advice: If he calls, don’t answer.
Today, Marc Savard responded,
Not sure what Simmons was thinking but good on Savard for responding.
from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,
The NHL has taken steps in recent years to crack down on headshots in order to make the game safer and former Boston Bruins star Marc Savard thinks that’s a positive sign.
“Players are more aware obviously now. Things are better,” he told Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup Wednesday.
Savard, who recently opened up about his struggle with post-concussion syndrome in The Players’ Tribune, does think the league can do more to deter players from injuring their peers.
“As I sit here and I think back to the [Sidney] Crosby situation with [Matt] Niskanen—I know it doesn’t look deliberate but it’s still a headshot and I think there needs to be a suspension no matter what whether it’s deliberate or not. You still hit the head whether you meant to or not.”
continued, plus you can listen to the interview...
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
There are days when Savard still suffers symptoms, but his health has improved — though he realizes a potential NHL comeback is not likely in the cards.
“It’s going to be tough to play again,” said Savard, who had 207 goals and 706 points in the regular season and added eight goals and 22 points in the post-season. “I listen (to the doctors) and taking another hit is not really on the agenda. Right now, it doesn’t look promising.”
But playing golf has provided him a nice outlet for his competitive juices.
“It’s been nice to have something competitive that I can still do and ease the pain,” said Savard. “I have two boys and two girls. My girls are in dance and my boys play AAA hockey, so I’m still around the rink a lot and that fills the void of missing the game.”
Savard had his career taken away in 2011, the same year the Boston Bruins captured the Stanley Cup.
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
“The way I’m feeling, the day-to-day issues I’m having, it’s tough to see a bright future right now,” Savard said before Saturday’s Bruins-Rangers game. He was speaking to reporters at length for the first time since February.
“I still have my tough days,” Savard said, 363 days after a hit by Colorado’s Matt Hunwick sidelined him with his second major concussion. Savard said he would wait until after the end of the season to assess whether to try to return to active play.
He has been recovering at his home in Peterborough, Ontario, looking after his three children and coaching youth hockey; the young players, he said, are frightened about concussions. He was in Boston to announce that he was hosting a suite at TD Garden for Children’s Hospital pediatric patients suffering from the effects of head trauma.
“I know what these kids are going through,” Savard said.
from Mike Davies of the Peterborough Examiner,
Jay Legault and Marc Savard are finding a different kind of fulfillment in hockey now that their playing days are done.
With Savard’s 14-year NHL career sidelined by concussion issues, he’s joined Legault, his former Oshawa Generals teammate, to coach the Peterborough Boston Pizza minor peewee Petes….
Legault coached at the midget level for several years and Savard approached him about taking on the minor peewees where Savard’s son Zach plays.
“My future was up in the air for a bit so he took the head coaching job and it just worked out perfect that we got the team together,” Savard said….
It’s helped Savard’s transition out of playing.
“It’s taking up a lot of my time which I kind of need right now to keep my head as good as it can be,” he said.
Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard will get his name on the Stanley Cup after all.
General manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday at the team’s charity golf tournament that Savard’s name will be inscribed on the trophy with his teammates.
from Fluta Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
The Bruins are not expecting Marc Savard to play in 2011-12.
Savard has not been examined recently by team doctors. But Savard is still experiencing post-concussion syndrome, more than seven months after his 2010-11 season – and possibly his career – ended on Jan. 22.
“Marc Savard won’t play this year,” said GM Peter Chiarelli. “Nothing has changed in our monitoring. He’ll be examined and he’ll be declared unfit to play.”
“It’s obviously been a long road for me; I’m still suffering with a lot of daily issues, right now it’s been a tough go. I’m just trying to get through and not worry about hockey right now, just worry about my health because I have three young kids and they’re important to me.”
“Mornings have been tough. When I get up in the morning I’m a little foggy sometimes. But as the day wears on I’m pretty good. Hot sun is tough; I try to stay in the shade and stuff like that and pop the odd Advil and it seems to be okay.”
-Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins during his day with the Stanley Cup. More from TSN on Savard.
Marc Savard will participate in the Boston Stanley Cup Parade today (10:00am ET NHL Network) and does a Q & A this morning. He still has memory issues but does feel better.
He touches on more topics in this video…
added 10:10am, You can watch the parade live below.. Pre-parade on now, while the parade is schedule to start at 10:30am.
from Pierre LeBrun or ESPN,
Wish I had better news to forward on the Marc Savard front, but it’s quite the opposite. A source told ESPN.com Saturday that the concussed Bruins center is having “real memory problems and he’s quite worried about it.”
Just another reminder how serious the concussion issue is around the NHL. Savard’s career is in serious doubt and that’s just not right.
I bring this up because I’m uncomfortable with the way Mark Recchi got off the hook pretty lightly this past week for his comments doubting the severity of Max Pacioretty’s concussion in Montreal. Yes, Recchi later explained it was a move to take the heat off teammate Zdeno Chara ahead of his much anticipated rematch with the Canadiens.
read on plus more hockey topics…
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that forward Marc Savard has been placed on long term injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 regular season and playoffs, should the Bruins qualify.
Savard sustained a concussion during the Bruins/Avalanche game on Saturday, January 22, his second concussion in 10 months (first occurred March 7, 2010 at Pittsburgh). Savard played his first game of the 2010-11 season on December 2 after missing the season’s first 23 games with post-concussion symptoms. In 25 games this year, Savard registered two goals and eight assists for 10 points.
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli, Head Team Physician Dr. Peter Asnis and forward Marc Savard will hold a press conference at 2:00 p.m. ET at the TD Garden
The press conference will be streamed live on BostonBruins.com and broadcast live on NESN.
All reports are Savard will not play again this season. I guess we will have to wait for the press conference to hear about his future as a player in the game.
“He still has some symptoms. It hasn’t totally disappeared. We’ll let the medical people deal with him when he gets back. Hopefully for his sake, not the team’s sake, but more for his sake that he gets better.
“It’s important for the individual here that he takes care of himself. The organization, medical staff, upper management and everybody has always done the right thing as far as that’s concerned, and that won’t change.”
-Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien on Marc Savard, via Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
To no one’s surprise, BOS’s Marc Savard has been diagnosed with a concussion. Out indefinitely at this point.
If you missed the hit that caused the concussion, you can watch it here.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Marc Savard got a scare last week when he was slammed into the boards during a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but came out of the incident with only some recurring neck pain.
The 33-year-old center might not have been so lucky this time around as Savard had to be helped off the ice little more than three minutes into the second period against the Avalanche with what appeared to be a head injury.
Savard, who had been only a few months removed from post-concussion syndrome symptoms that wiped out his summer and the beginning of his season, took a hit to the head when he and Matt Hunwick collided in the corner going for a puck.
added 5:51pm, Julien says Savard will go back to Boston to be evaluated by team doctors.
added 7:27pm, video of the hit can be watched below…
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Savard said that he didn’t have any headaches after the game, but he used concussion buzz words like “bell rung” and “dazed” after the game was over to describe his feelings after the hit. He assured that he felt “okay” after the game, and hoped that feeling would continue as the adrenaline peeled away in the hours following the loss.
“All I want to do, is make sure I gather my thoughts, you know, and everything came back together … fine,” said Savard. “I’ll monitor it and watch the rest of the day here, see how I feel a little bit … I was a little bit shaken up.”
more and watch the hit…
Elliotte Friedman of Inside Hockey sat down with Marc Savard earlier today.
Take six minutes out of your day and watch it.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
“You don’t know what you have sometimes,’’ mused the 33-year-old Savard, “until you lose it.’’
What Savard got was a warm reception from the sellout crowd of 17,565 and an impressive night’s work in which he logged 15:45 in ice time in the Bruins’ 8-1 rout. He went without a point, but he moved well, used his stick to break up a number of Lightning passes, and came out of it all feeling fine and wanting more — which he’ll get tomorrow night when the Bruins play in Toronto.
“I was hoping for a miracle today,’’ said a smiling Savard. “It didn’t happen, but . . . ’’
But, no dizzy spells, no nausea, no depression, no needless worries. Savard traded shoulder bumps and knocks in open ice. No fake artistry about it, he played well from start to finish, although he noted feeling winded when a few of his 21 shifts ran a little longer than anticipated.
Statement from Bruins GM, Peter Chiarelli regarding Marc Savard: “Today Marc passed the tests administered by Dr. Micky Collins from the Sports Medicine department at UPMC, and is now cleared for contact. Marc will rejoin the team tomorrow for morning skate in Florida. There is no time-table at this time for Marc to start playing games.”
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Marc Savard, cleared yesterday to participate in non-contact practice, wheeled around the TD Garden ice during the morning skate with his teammates. After the session, even following some conditioning work, Savard was all smiles about the skate he had just powered through.
“It felt unbelievable,” Savard said. “It’s been a long time. It’s pretty special to make it to this step. Hopefully I’ll gradually feel better and go from there.”
Savard said he turned a corner approximately two or three weeks ago. Savard has been symptom-free in that time period. Savard credited his teammates, the Bruins’ staff, and fans for helping him overcome his postconcussion syndrome.
During his darkest times, Savard acknowledged wondering about the future of his playing career. In retrospect, Savard understands that it was depression that played a significant role in clouding his temperament.
At some point, Savard has to participate in contact drills, then see how he recovers from those drills.
via Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog,
More details in the morning Globe and boston.com, but Marc Savard is expected to start skating with the Bruins in the next 2-3 days.
According to general manager Peter Chiarelli, reached today as he made his way from Toronto to Boston, the 33-year-old Savard has continued to make good progress since ‘‘ramping up’’ his workouts a couple of weeks ago.
‘‘He’s doing much, much better,’’ said Chiarelli. ‘‘He has been symptom-free for a while now, increasing his skating…all in all, he looks good.’‘
Savard, likely 6-8 weeks from returning to the lineup, was diagnosed with post-concussion symptoms, including depression, before the start of September’s training camp
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Marc Savard skated on his own this morning, prior to the Bruins’ late-morning workout, and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli sounded encouraged about the No. 1 pivot’s progress.
‘‘Savvy had a real good skate—a lot harder than anything so far,’’ said an upbeat Chiarelli. ‘‘He was moving. He is starting to ramp it up.’‘...
Savard’s progress, in part, has Chiarelli looking to slim down his payroll, be it by trades or other means. Watching from the stands here at this morning’s workout, Chiarelli boldly stated that he would not shy away from placing a current roster player in the minor leagues—perhaps sooner that anyone might expect—in order to save or relax payroll dollars.
Marc Savard could not be a more pathetic figure during his Boston media meeting earlier this month, discussing post-concussion syndrome.
Without question, Savard’s future hockey-playing career is in grave doubt. His inability to fully suppress tears testified to the depression that engulfs a superior NHL talent. Meanwhile, a fully effective concussion cure remains as elusive as the culprit who thrust Savard into this unenviable state.
Matt Cooke remains a Penguins regular, a human torpedo on the ice, doing “his job.” The Pittsburgh agitator has paid his price in NHL justice while Savard questions whether he will ever have the luxury of taking another turn on a big-league rink.
One wonders if there could have been a better result for both victim and culprit.
-Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal, where you can read more hockey topics.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog,
Marc Savard, at times glassy-eyed and somber, met with the Boston media for approximately 10 minutes this morning and sounded as if he won’t be back in action any time soon.
Diagnosed a week ago Friday with post-concussion syndrome, thus prohibiting him from starting training camp last weekend with the Bruins, the high-scoring veteran pivot said he was dealing with multiple symptoms typical of PCS and noted that dealing with depression is the most difficult of those symptoms.
‘‘I think everything you just summed up there,’’ said Savard, when a Globe reporter asked if he were dealing with nausea, headache, dizziness, seeing spots, depression, among the more common issues related to concussions and often PCS. “I’ve had issues with everything so far, so….like I said, I have to see the doctors, get the help that I need and go from there.’‘
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement today regarding Marc Savard:
“As I stated on Friday, Marc Savard is suffering from symptoms related to post-concussion syndrome. He is under the care of our doctors. Any reports that suggest that there are any other issues regarding Marc, or him not playing for the Bruins this season, are completely inaccurate.
Also, as I have previously stated, when there is a change in Marc’s status, I will issue an update.”
note: This statement from the Bruins is in reference to an ESPN Boston report stating a source told them Savard could miss the season due to post-concussion syndrome.
from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Marc Savard, complaining of symptoms that are consistent with post-concussion syndrome, will not be ready for the start of training camp. Savard has not worked out in the last few weeks, according to GM Peter Chiarelli. There is no timetable as to when Savard might start working out and skating.
Savard is meeting with team doctors today. Chiarelli did not disclose the specific nature of Savard’s ailments.
“Any time there’s this reoccurence, there’s concern,” said Chiarelli. “He’s a very durable guy. He’s played hurt in the past. He wants to come back and we want him to be healthy.”
from Jack Edwards at NESN,
It’s time to take out the rubbish on the Marc Savard trade rumor. Until someone gets an NHL management name attached to a quote saying that the Bruins are making offers that include Savard, this “story” is literally unbelievable. That is, no one should believe it….
...Certainly I am willing to listen to other viewpoints, but let’s not let an anonymous August rumor engage us in rampant speculation when there are a lot of reasons not to believe the rumor’s veracity.
Until Sunday, expect plenty of Kaberle for Savard rumors.
-James Murphy of ESPN Boston. Read more on this trade scenario.
from Douglas Flynn of NESN,
For a guy who has led the Bruins in scoring in each of his first three seasons and was still the club’s highest point-per-game producer in an injury-plagued campaign last year, Marc Savard sure has a lot of people willing to pack his bags, drive him to the airport and send him on his way.
Despite agreeing to a cap-friendly seven-year deal in December with a full no-trade clause for the upcoming season, Savard has been the subject of countless trade rumors this offseason. While he enters August still a member of the club, the rumors continue to persist, largely because even with Savard on a relative bargain deal, the Bruins remain in need of further cap relief….
The reality is that the Bruins might very well have to part ways with Savard if they want to keep Bergeron and Krejci around long-term and eventually move Seguin to center. But is now the best time to explore those options?
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
His seven prospects locked up in his suitcase as he returned to Toronto, Leafs GM Brian Burke set his mind on what will be a busy few days leading up to Thursday’s free agent frenzy.
First up is Marc Savard. The Bruins are said to be ready to ship their playmaking centre. The Leafs are in the mix, and the price tag is much cheaper than Thomas Kaberle.
This opportunity is an unintended consequence of the Phil Kessel trade.
from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,
...Marc Savard also took exception with a Mike Richards hit with 5:26 left in regulation.
The hit was a bit from behind and sent Savard into the side wall in the attacking zone. Savard got up and went after Richards to earn a roughing penalty. There was no call on the initial hit.
“I just got fired up. I got one the other night in Philly from behind [which was called boarding against Darroll Powe], and then I was facing the glass again in the same situation and then I look back at [David] Booth, [David] Krejci, those guys … I mean, enough’s enough. I mean, I don’t know. That’s all,” said Savard after the loss, which sends the series back to Philly for Game 6 Wednesday night.
Last time I have been bit was in grade school. It is not a good feeling it is pretty cowardly.
-Dan Carcillo of the Philadelphia Flyers who claims Marc Savard of the Bruins bit him tonight during a scrum. More from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files.
Watch Carcillo post-game as he talks about the incident.
added 12:35am 5/3/10, from James Murphy of NESN,
Savard gave his version of what may as well be known as BiteGate for the remainder of this series.
“He pummeled my face, pulled on my teeth, so I guess that’s biting when a guy tries to pull your teeth out like [he did],” Savard claimed. “I don’t know. I don’t see how that is biting. Yeah, I mean, he embellishes stuff. Obviously, under the pile, you try to pull out my front teeth, so if that’s a bite then I don’t know what to say.”
Savard with the game winner, Bruins go up 1-0 against the Flyers.
added 3:53pm, Watch the OT goal. Boy, Savard must feel great after missing almost two months.
from Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of Bruins Blog,
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has just announced that center Marc Savard has fully recovered from a concussion and has been cleared to play.
Chiarelli said Savard met with an independent neurologist and, in concert with the team medical staff, say the veteran is ready to join the Bruins for the second round of the playoffs.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Early this afternoon, Marc Savard will head to a doctor’s office, undergo yet another neuropsych test (considered slightly trickier than the SAT), and hope to hear the sweet words, “Yep, you’re good to go.’’
Good to go, like tonight at the Garden, in Game 6 of the Bruins’ first-round playoff series with the Sabres. Good to go, like grab a stick and strap on the helmet — one just out of the box, by the way — and work the kind of magic that was woefully missing when the rest of his teammates skated without passion Friday night in Buffalo.
Everyone in Black and Gold looked aimless in that visit to HSBC Arena. They just couldn’t point to Matt Cooke as the root cause of their Grade 9.8 cerebral malaise, as Savard can.
Savard is close to returning from his concussion. Very close. Anyone who sat in the Garden’s empty stands late yesterday morning, watching the tricky pivot scoot around with Brad Marchand and Trent Whitfield his wingers, had to draw the same conclusion. He skated with zip, confidence, even a smile.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Does Savard expect he’ll be able to test out some “friendly contact” with his teammates at the morning skate prior to Game Five in Buffalo?
“I hope [so] . . . I think I’m cleared to take that kind of [contact on Friday],” said Savard, who has missed 22 regular-season and playoff games because of the concussion. “Some little bumps and gradually get back into it. If somebody hits me tomorrow, then I guess I get hit tomorrow.
via John Bishop of BostonBruins.com, “
The Bruins have released the following update on Marc Savard:
On Tuesday afternoon, Marc Savard passed his neuropsychological testing. He will continue to work towards regaining his game shape, and will have a final meeting with Dr. Kelly McInnis at MassGeneral Hospital before being cleared to play in games. There is no date or time line scheduled for this meeting.”
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog,
Marc Savard, symptom-free for over a week, skated on his own for the first time this morning and said he felt like his old self.
“I feel great,” Savard said. “The biggest thing is that over the last seven days, I’ve had some great days.”
Savard passed an exertion test yesterday. Savard plans to skate on his own again tomorrow morning, then undergo a neuro-psych test in the afternoon.
from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
Boston Bruins center Marc Savard said he is still experiencing lingering effects of the concussion he suffered on March 7 when he was hit in the head by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke.
“I’m just trying to feel normal again and I don’t feel that way right now,” Savard told a press conference prior to the Bruins’ game with the Calgary Flames Saturday afternoon. “I’m getting outside, getting some fresh air, but I’m not where I need to be.
“I miss playing hockey. I miss my buddies. Hopefully. I’m back soon.”
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
So, I suspect readers may be surprised that I have no problem with the controversial hit by Penguins winger Matt Cooke on Boston center Marc Savard last Sunday at Mellon Arena - even though Savard was left with a Grade 2 concussion.
Cooke’s hit was legal by current NHL rules, a league with a thematic rule of accepted violence. These literal and thematic rules are understood when players sign an NHL contract, as is the cold reality that every player’s next shift could be his last.
I do more than feel for Savard. I fear for him because I suspect his life has been forever changed by this serious concussion. I also am thrilled that league general managers have taken a big step toward eliminating blind-side hits by drafting a proposed rule change for next season.
Those hits should be prevented as much as possible, but they cannot be taken out of this game as long as it is played in a confined space at a fast pace by elite athletes trained to be aggressive.
If players aren’t comfortable with the possibility of serious head injuries, if they don’t like it that violence has been and will be a part of the NHL, they should consider switching professions.
note 8:58pm, note sure what happened, but clicking the link now ask for a password so I went to the site, and the story is no longer there. Maybe later?
note: link now working again.
The only person who seems to understand Colin Campbell’s pattern of punishment is Campbell himself. The suspensions he hands down are arbitrary and erratic—swayed by non-evidence, hunch, gut feelings, anecdotes and back-channel influence peddlers—and they are almost never clearly explained. He establishes precedent and contradicts it. He makes exceptions based on flawed premises and then concludes his arguments illogically and capriciously. No one, no one, knows what is allowed and what is not allowed. It is Dartboard Justice.
-Jack Edwards of NESN. More from Jack…
“The word predatory does come to mind. And you know, I don’t have any trouble with that. When you’re playing hockey, you’re supposed to finish your checks. I don’t think he meant to give him a Grade 2 concussion. That’s Matt Cooke’s game. He’s supposed to be a guy that finishes his checks, that agitates a little bit, that can play a little bit of hockey. He’s not a slug, But he’s no Sidney Crosby. His job is to make sure he punishes people when he gets the opportunity. Intent to injure? I don’t know. That’s a hard one to pin on anybody. Certainly, ready to finish his check with authority.”
-Mike Milbury on the hit on Marc Savard by Matt Cooke. More from Milbury at WEEI.
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
All Marc Savard wanted to do was go home and sleep.
“Right now, I just need rest,” said the injured Bruins [team stats] star as he sat in Pittsburgh International Airport awaiting a mid-day flight to Boston. “I’m exhausted.”
Savard was knocked unconscious by a blindside hit to the head from Penguins forward Matt Cooke Sunday, suffering a concussion and damaged jaw during the Bruins’ 2-1 loss. He was walking and talking very slowly in the airport, although the fact he was able to traverse the several hundred yards to the Boston gate under his own power had to be a good sign. With many concussed athletes, it’s sometimes difficult to walk across a room.
“I think that’s a good sign,” said Savard of his being able to walk without dizziness or balance problems. He was examined by physicians in Pittsburgh yesterday before he was cleared to fly.
No penalty on the play and no update on Savard who went off on a strether.
The video is raw and I will try to find a better quality vid soon (found one)
added 7:05pm, via the Boston Bruins,
Marc lost consciousness briefly on the ice after being struck in the head. He suffered a concussion from the hit. He was not transported to a hospital, but will remain at the team hotel in Pittsburgh with a member of the Bruins’ medical staff tonight as a precaution.
No further update on Marc’s condition is expected tonight.
“I don’t know what to say. It’s not like guys don’t want to score on this team. Guys want to put the puck in the net. Maybe we have to sacrifice a chicken or a rooster or something like that to try and change our luck.’’
-Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins after losing to the Capitals last night. More on the Bruins from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
While the Bruins coaching staff is left scrambling for line combinations and innovative, new ways to put the same odd-shaped pieces together that still remain healthy, Marc Savard began the long road back to recovery Monday morning at Ristuccia Arena.
Savard was walking gingerly, but without too much of a limp, after being diagnosed last weekend with a Grade 2 tear in the MCL of his right knee – an injury that’s basically a severe sprain of the joint that doesn’t require any surgery….
“I don’t stay [down] on the ice too much. I knew right away when it happened that it was sore and stretched out a bit,” said Savard. “I just wanted to be careful with it and hopefully everything heals up. It’s on a good pace, so hopefully I’ll be back sooner rather than later.
“We haven’t really had our full lineup all year. Hopefully we get rolling into the playoffs and we get a full lineup. Who knows how good we’ll be?”
via John Bishop of BostonBruins.com,
Bruins center Marc Savard will miss 3-4 weeks with a Grade 2 partial MCL tear in his right knee. He will not require surgery.
from Erik Duhastchek of the Globe and Mail,
Another week and another NHL team blatantly plowed through a CBA loophole in order to circumvent the salary cap.
And no, we’re not talking about the Chicago Blackhawks, who signed three players – including defenceman Duncan Keith – to multi-year contract extensions Thursday worth a cool $135-million in total. The NHL gave the deals, including Keith’s 13-year extension, its blessing – which is not to say that the Blackhawks are in the clear on the Marian Hossa extension signed this summer.
Keith’s $72-million contract received the OK, after it had been vetted by the league and tweaked so that the dollars at the back end are defensible.
Instead, the contract that the league will scrutinize is the seven-year, $28.5 million extension signed by Marc Savard with the Boston Bruins.
On the surface, it looked as if Savard granted the Bruins a large home-town discount.
continued with numerous hockey topcs discussed…
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Marc Savard did something very rarely seen in this day and age of big money professional sports.
He put his money where his mouth was.
The Bruins’ crafty center and leading scorer has been the model of consistency over the last two years whenever he’s been approached about impending free agency and his related desire to remain with Boston.
Savard told me as much last season during a one-on-one conversation. The line of questioning veered off toward his future hockey address – and where he saw himself playing once the four-year, $20 million deal with the Bruins was over and done.
“Once I signed here, I had all the intentions of wanting to retire here and play for one team for a long time,” Savard said. “I don’t want to move around anymore. I love the fans here and I love the city, so I don’t have any intentions of going anywhere.