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.
Tweet hunters dug up an old message from a Charlie McAvoy proclaiming his hatred for the Boston Bruins. McAvoy, of course, was drafted 14th by the Bruins in the 2016 NHL Draft.
The tweet read, "I hate the bruins so much" before it was quickly deleted.
I'm sure this will go over well for Bruins fans, even though you really can't blame McAvoy. He was just 15 at the time and a fan of the Rangers, who went down 3-0 in the playoffs against the Bruins.
As fans, we can all relate to that feeling.
BUFFALO – The Bruins took their highest-rated defenseman when the pick came to them at the No. 14 spot, and they selected Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who tore up Hockey East as the young player in college hockey last season.
The 18-year-old Charlie McAvoy had three goals and 25 points in37 games for the Terriers while skating in a pairing with Bruins prospect Matt Grzelcyk, and showed off the kind of elite skating and offensive skills that will play well at the NHL level. It was thought the Bruins would take McAvoy or fellow BU-recruit Dante Fabbro at the 14th spot when they held onto the pick, but that was perhaps shaken a little bit when Jakub Chychrun fell all the way down to their spot.
The Bruins stuck with their scouting instincts and took the offensively gifted McAvoy, who profiles as a next generation NHL player with his sturdy six foot, 208-pound frame and ability to skate like the wind. He was understandably excited, and even said that he’s come around from hating some of the Boston teams as a native New Yorker after spending the year at Boston University.
“I’m at a loss for words. It’s an unbelievable feeling, and I’m just so happy to be a part of the Bruins. I’ve gotten close to [the Bruins] in the past year. I’m sure some of my friends back home aren’t happy I’m cutting the ties with New York sports, but Boston is an unbelievable city with great sports and great people. I’m glad to be staying there,” said McAvoy. “You grow up and taught not to like [Boston teams] because of the rivalry. But I've got a Red Sox hat and that’s the first step. Now I'm got that Bruins jersey and it’s pretty cool. I’ll just keep going, but I don’t know if I could ever be a Pats fan, but we’ll see."
Give McAvoy a little time and perhaps he’ll come around to the right side of the New England Patriots argument after some years spent with the Black and Gold.
Joe Haggerty can be followed on Twitter: @HacksWithHaggs
By Tracey Myers, CSN Chicago
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Andrew Shaw had to wait until his third go-around in the NHL Draft before he was selected by the Blackhawks. Two Stanley Cups later, he became a big part of this group.
Like several before him, he said he wanted to stay here. Like several before him, it didn’t happen.
Shaw was traded to the Montreal Canadiens for two second-round selections, as the NHL Draft began on Friday. The forward was going to become a restricted free agent next Friday. And while both sides said they hoped to find a deal to keep Shaw in Chicago, the deal didn’t come.
The Blackhawks get two second-round picks the 39th and 45th overall selections in this draft.