Bruins center Marc Savard has chimed in from time-to-time on the NHL lockout. The playmaking pivot was, after all, a part of the NHLPA brotherhood that missed the entire season in 2004-05. But fans shouldnt mistake that for signs that the 35-year-old Savard is thinking a comeback will be in the works when the regular season does finally begin.
The two-time All-Star with the Bruins reiterated via his Twitter account that he still feels like crap when he attempts to workout with his trainer and has headaches that continue to come and go a couple of the debilitating symptoms players typically endure while suffering through post-concussion syndrome.
For the fans that keep asking there is no comeback in the foreseeable future I miss the game it has given me everything I have today marc savard (@MSavvy91) October 22, 2012
Trust me I will give back to the game kids hockey, OHL hockey, illbeback marc savard (@MSavvy91) October 22, 2012
I do in fact hope there is still a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel to play but that rest on the doctor shoulders so far nochance marc savard (@MSavvy91) October 22, 2012
Savard hasnt been the same since taking a blindside hit to the head courtesy of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke in the third period of a March 2010 game, and was the unfortunate poster-boy for the Rule 48 blindside hit changes that came into the league prior to the 2010-11 season. Savard was a shadow of himself in 25 games during that final season before a Matt Hunwick hit to the head knocked him out of a game against the Colorado Avalanche in January 2011.
The Bruins are on the hook for Savards contract over the next five seasons for a cap hit of 4.007 million, but the center will be placed on long-term injured reserve each season provided he doesnt attempt any comeback.
That injured status also means that Savard is currently being paid while so many other NHL players are locked out of their paychecks.