Concerned Savard 'really far away' from ever playing again


Concerned Savard 'really far away' from ever playing again

At times Marc Savard has almost become a forgotten man with the Boston Bruins.

Its expected the concussed center will never suit up again in the NHL after absorbing too many head injuries suffered during his hockey career.

The vicious head shot suffered at the hands of Matt Cooke two years ago effectively ended his career takes on even more tragic tones when Savard discusses the symptoms he still battles stemming from the predatory blow.

He managed to play in the postseason against the Flyers two years ago while later admitting the concussion symptoms crept back in during the seven-game series, and managed to play in 25 games last year before a Matt Hunwick hit in Colorado finally knocked him out of commission.

The one constant has been post-concussion symptoms that have been with him for over a year now, and many of them are downright frightening.

Ive had a lot of issues obviously. They were a lot of different things. This year I was at home a lot and I tried to help out my son coaching and getting on the ice a little bit. Even doing just getting on the ice coaching I wouldnt feel well afterward: lightheadedness, a little bit of an upset stomach all the time, said Savard during an interview with Powerplay on NHL Home Ice on SiriusXM Radio. But the biggest issue Ive had, of course, is the memory issues. Its very frustrating. Its something I hope I dont have to deal with for the rest of my life.

With CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) on the tip of the sports worlds tongues after the tragic suicide of Junior Seau two days ago and the deaths of three NHL enforcers last summer, the 34-year-old Savard ticked off considerable difficulties hes encountered while hoping things dont get worse.

Ive gone through a lot of stuff, and when stories like Seau come out you worry about the future for everyone, said Savard. I wish there was a black and white rule for head shotsit would be better for the game.
Savard is plagued by dizziness, depression and memory loss over the last two years, and most of those post-concussion symptoms havent abated since No. 91 last played on Jan. 22, 2011. The center hasnt attempted serious exercise in over a year and instead hopes there will come a day when the fog finally lifts from his brain.

Savard admitted during the interview he is really far away from playing professional hockey ever again, and that unfortunately might be the best thing for a player thats just trying to recapture his quality of life after one too many savage head injuries.

Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.