Savard done for season, not thinking retirement

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Savard done for season, not thinking retirement

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Bruins confirmed in an emotional press conference onMonday at the TD Garden that Marc Savard would be shut down for the remainderof the regular season and playoffs. The center is still struggling with post-concussionsymptoms following a hit he took from former Bruin Matt Hunwick on Jan. 22 inColorado.

Savard said a loss of energy and some minor memoryloss following that hit scared him enough that he took the advice of hisfamily, his agent, and team doctor Peter Asnis, and agreed that it was in hisbest personal interest to sit out for the rest of the year.

We feel that its best short-term, medium-term, long-termwelfare, security, his family . . . Theres obviously a lot of consequencesthat flow from this, general manager Peter Chiarelli said in opening up Monday's press conference, which had Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and Mark Recchi sitting in the front row.

Obviously the proximity between the subsiding of thesymptoms from the last concussion, and this concussion, and othercircumstances, have led us to this decision.

Marc has had some slight improvement in his symptoms, buthe continues to be symptomatic at this time," said Asnis. And so aftersome long discussions with Marc, and with the team doctors who have beeninvolved with his care, we all think that its in his best interest to shut itdown for the year and remove him from playing the remainder of the season,including the playoffs.

As to what his plan is after this season, Savard said heisnt currently pondering retirement, and would like to get back on the ice inthe future.

Its tough enough as it is, not to be able to finish theseason, said a teary-eyed Savard. Im going to get some more medical stuff done, sometests, and then Ill be able to make a clear decision on what my future is. Butright now, Im hoping that Ill be able to continue at some point again.

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Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.