2:04 P.M. UPDATE: The Bruins have announced officially that Marc Savard will not play for the remainer for the 2010-11 season.
By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com has confirmed that the Bruins will shut down 32-year-old center Marc Savard for the rest of the season because of the concussion he suffered against the Colorado Avalanche two weeks ago.The Bs are expected to make the announcement Monday.Savard's latest concussion, his second concussion in less than a calendar year, came after a Matt Hunwick hit caused him to go face-first into the boards and glass. He is still experiencing headaches, irritability and dizziness as a result of his latest concussion, and appears to be suffering from the same post-concussion syndrome symptoms that hampered him last season and again this summer.The symptoms have been present since Savard was blindsided by Matt Cooke last March in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and prompted the NHL to adopt Rule 48 against blindside head shots.
The move to hold Savard out for the rest of the season came after GM Peter Chiarelli, agent Larry Kelly and Savard discussed Savards future over the weekend. It was agreed the best course of action was to hold Savard out of action until next September at the earliest.Savard returned to the Bs lineup in early December this season after missing the first two months while battling back from post-concussion syndrome symptoms, and finished out with 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) and a minus-7 in 25 games played. Savard was dazed and dinged on a hit from behind into the glass by Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland just days before the Hunwick hit left him with his fourth concussion as an NHL player. Those looking to send well-wishesget well cards for Savard -- something that he said was instrumental in his recovery from post-concussion syndrome last summer -- should send everything to: Marc Savard co Boston Bruins, TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114Joe Haggerty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling that US democracy still works even there are extreme factors that our founding fathers couldn’t possibly have imagined.
*Edmonton Oilers reclamation project Zack Kassian continues his journey from villain to hero in the eyes of the Oil Faithful.
*Old warrior Chris Neil is weighing NHL offers right now along with a number of other older veterans still waiting for the right situation to present itself for next season. Many of these veterans are probably going to have to report to training camps on tryout agreements and beat out younger players for jobs, and that may be exactly what happens with a grizzled, tough old bird like Neil. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bruins bring in a veteran or two on PTO agreements in camp, and that could be the ultimate fate for guys like Neil, Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan and even Thomas Vanek.
*The Vegas Golden Knights are still looking to inspire with a developing locker room message as their maiden voyage still awaits this season.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has longtime Habs defenseman Andrei Markov leaving for the KHL after he couldn’t come to an agreement to stay in Montreal with the Canadiens.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ryan Kennedy has a prospects mailbag at this quiet point in the summer, and he’s very, very high on Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat.
*The Hockey News details why somebody needs to step up and sign the legendary Jaromir Jagr as one of the aforementioned veteran forwards still looking for a job.
*For something completely different: Solid Steve Lattimer reference in this Pro Football Talk story about performance enhancing drugs.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling that we’re just now learning about the massive rap skills of the brotherly duo of Andrew and Pete Frates.
*Ken Campbell from the Hockey News says that if influential players, like Connor McDavid, want to go to the Olympics then they need to get more involved in the CBA negotiations.
*Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang shows what a class act he is by taking the Stanley Cup to a children’s hospital in Montreal.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Minnesota Wild looking to find long term deals for both restricted free agents Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter. That was pretty clear when they chose to deal off Marco Scandella in order to clear up some cap space to afford both of them.
*The Edmonton Oilers are going to face higher expectations for next season, and are willing to embrace that kind of pressure.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Craig Custance wonders aloud whether there will be any offer sheets coming for restricted free agents. I appreciate Craig wanting to add a little more intrigue to the NHL’s offseason, but it isn’t going to happen as long as GMs are treated like they have small pox once they go that route with an offer sheet. Take a look at the future job prospects for general managers that went with offer sheets in the past, and you’ll see why GMs simply don’t do them. This is why the Bruins are uncomfortable with David Pastrnak sitting unsigned as a restricted free agent, but not overly concerned that he’s going to sign a mega-offer sheet elsewhere.
*The CCM hockey brand is apparently changing hands from its former home at Adidas.
*For something completely different: Speaking of Pete Frates, MLB has announced a fundraising drive for ALS research in his name.