Morning Skate 27: Savard move is the right move

Morning Skate 27: Savard move is the right move

By Joe Haggerty

Its sad to see Marc Savard saying goodbye to the rest of the hockey season, but not sad to see a player and team doing the right thing.The Bruins have called together a press conference for 2 p.m. with general manager Peter Chiarelli, team doctor Peter Asnis and Savard himself at TD Garden, where they'll announce that Savards season is over. Hes still fighting symptoms that include headaches, vertigo and irritability the same kind of symptoms he was battling in the aftermath of a vicious Matt Cooke elbow to his chops last spring and its been more than two weeks since Matt Hunwick slammed his face into the Pepsi Arena boards and glass.The time had come to make the call that could give No. 91 his best shot at a normal life and future, whether he returns to the NHL next season or not. At the end of the day thats what its all about, and now Savard will get the long stretch of time that Patrice Bergeron received to heal properly without any temptation or rush to return for a playoff run. Thats what really hurt the center last year when he jumped back into the series against the Philadelphia Flyers just months after his devastating concussion, and then kept silent when he felt PCS symptoms beginning to creep back into his game.No reason to keep silent on concussions anymore for Savard, and no reason to rush back to the Bruins when he has his own life to worry about. All anybody can say about Savard is good luck and God bless, and hopefully that fog clears once and for all after the traumatic brain injuries hes suffered over the last two years.On to the links: Could the Atlanta Thrashers evenbe motivated by Vince Lombardi as they plummet out of the playoff picture? The Atlanta Journal Constitution has its doubts. Dominik Hasek is still playing in the KHL at the age of 46, but he does admit that the Russian teams would have a hard time consistently hanging in the NHLs North American setting for a number of reasons. Guy Carbonneau is returning to the coaching gig behind the bench at the Quebec Major Junior level, which is a slight step down from being at the controls of the Montreal Canadiens. But I didnt need to tell you that. Phil Kessel isnt happy in Toronto and isnt happy with taskmaster coach Ron Wilson. Got to say that Im shocked and chagrined to see this development from such a well-adjusted, well-behaved hockey player. Im beginning to really think Phil the Thrill is one of those its everybodys fault but mine kind of players, and thats not good. Tariq El-Bashir starts a new On Hockey column for the Washington Post by wondering how worthy the Washington Capitals are at this point. Good to see that El-Bashir is going to keep his skates laced up in the world of hockey.

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Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.