Savard tweets 'no comeback in the foreseeable'

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Savard tweets 'no comeback in the foreseeable'

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.

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

The Coyotes have hired former player Craig Cunningham as a pro scout, keeping the 26-year-old in hockey after a cardiac episode ended his playing career this season. 

Drafted by the Bruins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cunningham played 34 games for Boston over parts of two seasons before he was waived and claimed by Arizona. He totaled 19 games for the Coyotes, but served as captain of the Tucson Roadrunners, the team’s AHL affiliate. 

Cunningham was hospitalized after he collapsed during pregame warmups on Nov. 19. He was kept alive by continual CPR, but had his lower left leg amputated the next months due to an infection from the episode. 

Known as a high-character player who was popular with his teammates, Cunningham’s transition to scouting lets him further his career after a scary break. 

"I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my life with the Coyotes," Cunningham said in a statement released by the team. "I'm very grateful to John Chayka, Dave Tippett, the Coyotes and Roadrunners organizations, and all of the great fans across Arizona for the incredible support I've received over the past year. I'm looking forward to helping the Coyotes and I can't wait to get started in my new role."

Said Chayka, the team’s general manager: ”We're thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout. Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We're confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club."
 

Morning Skate: Overreacting to the Oilers' window

Morning Skate: Overreacting to the Oilers' window

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while really enjoying what the CW does season in and season out with the Flash.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Don Brennan says that the Senators fans not showing up for Game 6 is their way of sticking it to Sens owner Eugene Melnyk.

*The talk is turning to the next captain of the Buffalo Sabres, and what they can do to help open up communication up and down the roster.  

*A guy that wore a Habs toque on his twitter avatar writes a glowing, praise-filled article about the performance of PK Subban during these Stanley Cup playoffs. He’s undoubtedly been good, but he just might have been wearing his Montreal Canadiens footie pajamas when he wrote this one, and rattling his fist at Habs management all the while.

*Interesting piece by Jason Gregor about the “window to win” for the Edmonton Oilers, and an odd notion that the window will close when Connor McDavid has moved out of his entry level contract. I’d say that’s kind of ludicrous.

*The Colorado Avalanche coaching staff has been let go after last year’s dreadful season, and that’s too bad for a really good guy in former Providence College head coach Tim Army. I’m sure he won’t be out of work long.

*Colin White made his Stanley Cup playoff and NHL debut for the Ottawa Senators in Game 6, and helped push Ottawa to a Game 7. It will be interesting to watch the Massachusetts native and former Boston College standout develop with the Senators as White was one of the players that the Bruins skipped over to instead draft Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft. The others, Mathew Barzal, Travis Konecny and Kyle Connor, are all either in the NHL or knocking on the door as well, and it’s going to be a challenging road for both of Boston’s forward prospects to live up the justification of the B’s drafting them first. Granted DeBrusk and Senyshyn are also both doing their thing for the P-Bruins as they push into the conference finals of the Calder Cup playoffs, and they’re both bright prospects in their own right. It’s going to take years to determine the rights and wrongs of that first round, but White getting into the lineup for the Senators is proof of just how high that organization is on him.

*Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan says that Sidney Crosby handled the targeted abuse well from the Senators in a Game 6 loss that will push to a Game 7 between the Penguins and the Senators.

*For something completely different: A great message from Brookline homey and former Sox GM wonder boy Theo Epstein in his commencement address to Yale University.