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Morning Skate 322: Where does all this leave Savard?

Morning Skate 322: Where does all this leave Savard?

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON It was a fleeting question during the second annual Peter Chiarelli conference call with Bruins season ticket holders, but it takes on greater significance given everything going on around Matt Cooke and the NHL.Chiarelli was asked about Marc Savards current condition two months after he suffered another concussion after a collision with Matt Hunwick at Pepsi Arena in Denver against the Avalanche. It was Cookes act of hockey violence against Savard with a cheap shot elbow to his chin a little over a year ago thats inexorably changed the Bs centers life for the worse and made him more susceptible to the concussion he suffered again this season.Chiarelli said that Savard has daily symptoms of concussion, but isnt suffering from the same depression that really bothered him last summer. The Bruins general manager called it a slow and delicate matter for Savard to continue fighting the concussion symptoms and get on the road to wellness, but its eye-opening that the crafty pivot still has symptoms two months later with little to no physical exertion during his down time.It continues to look as if Savards career is permanently altered due to Cookes reckless on-ice actions, and its only a shame that it took the NHL an additional year to finally slap Pittsburghs rat around with the NHL rule book.Somewhere Savard is nodding in agreement with the decision to ostensibly end Cookes season after his elbow to the head of Ryan McDonagh but also certainly wondering if fiery hot intensity why that justice never arrived for him when he was unconscious on the ice at the Igloo last spring.On to the links:An SI.com photo gallery of NHL players that have had their careers shortened by multiple concussions over the last few decades. This should be required viewing for "Cookie."Good work by Rob Rossi to get some comments from Matt Cooke on Monday night where the Pittsburgh punk finally says I need to change. No crap there, Sherlock!Elliotte Friedmans 30 thoughts on the NHL are always a must-read and theres no reason why this week would be any different. Several thoughts about Matt Cooke and his suspension within the piece.Puck Daddy radio makes its debut on the morning skate, and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski actually creates a new nickname for Milan Lucic when he calls him Cheech. He also gets Looch to admit his favorite American beer is Budweiser.My CSNNE compatriot Mike Felger tells us the Bruins arent as bad as their current losing streak and werent as good as their road winning streak last month. Good call there, Captain Obvious.The Predators fans are throwing catfish on the ice. This is much better than waffles.A good breakdown of the Matt Cooke decision and how difficult its going to be to take the Pittsburgh hatchet man back if he doesnt change his ways.FOH (Friend of Haggs) Matt Kalman of bruinsblog.net comes up with the nit-picking blog entry of the year by saying the Bruins current losing stretch is much worse than other elite teams because they picked up two less points through a seven-game stretch this season. Thats not contrived at all. No!Good debut Versus.com column for FOH (Friend of Haggs) Steve Lepore, who writes about whether the NBC national stage played into the heavy suspension for Matt Cooke. Good to have you in the ComcastVersusNBC family, Steve.Don Cherry talks to WEEI about the recent Bs slide and also calls Matt Cooke a rat while recounting the run-in he had with the Pittsburgh cheap shot artist a couple of years ago in the hallways of an NHL rink.ESPNs Pierre Lebrun and Scott Burnside discuss the amazing story of the Penguins, and their ability to keep winning despite the absence of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Its a nice story, but theres no way they sustain that during the playoffs with a lunch-bucket crew.XM Home Ice chats with Anaheim enforcer George Parros about his mustache and the Cooke suspension. Parros says that Cooke needs to smarten up a bit about the way hes playing, and potentially hurting fellow players.

Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics

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Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still digesting all of the awesome trailers and tidbits released at Comic Con in San Diego. 

*The NHL says there is no alternative regular season schedule for next season, and that any hope of participating in the Olympics is dead

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Predators just one Ryan Johansen deal away from a piece of salary cap artwork, and being able to keep everything together.  

*Clark Booth is either upset or mystified that the Bruins haven’t done anything this offseason. My good man Clark, they need to re-sign David Pastrnak and let some of their young prospects continue to grow and develop. Better that than sign another premium-priced contract to a player like David Backes or Matt Beleskey. They don’t need that at this point. And they shouldn’t panic and trade one of their good, young players either. 

*Former UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has agreed to a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets. 

*It’s a wonderful time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh as the Penguins have been dominant, and it looks like the Steelers are in position to finish in second place behind the New England Patriots in the AFC. Well, that’s something to write home about. 

*Minnesota native Kyle Okposo opens up for the first time about a scary season-ender with the Buffalo Sabres where Illness forced him to the hospital. 

*Larry Brooks explains why the New York Rangers have short-changed Mika Zibanejad in their salary arbitration exercise. 

*For something completely different: Are you kidding me with this Stranger Things 2 trailer to Michael Jackson’s Thriller? This looks awesome. 

Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

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Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while simply shaking my head at David Price. What a typically soft, boorish ballplayer not meant for a big market where more is expected of those wearing the Red Sox uniform.

*There are tempered expectations for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev as he gets things going with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

*Keith Yandle believes that Dale Tallon being back in charge of the Florida Panthers is going to bring unity and solidarity to the Panthers once again.

*Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers are right on the cusp of challenging for a Stanley Cup title.

*Here 20 thoughts from the just-concluded Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, where there’s some pretty strong, young talent.

*Even as the highest-paid player in the NHL, Connor McDavid is underpaid for what he brings to the table, says Ron MacLean.

*Interesting look at the Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog situation in Colorado, where both players have watched their performance fall off a bit. This is why I’d be very nervous about giving up the farm to trade for either of these players if I’m the Bruins. The jury is out on whether they’re in decline as players, or if it’s simply the mess in Colorado getting them down.  

*For something completely different: What a sweet interaction between "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot and a young, emotional fan all decked out in WW gear.