Update: Bruins announce Savard out for year

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Update: Bruins announce Savard out for year

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
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 jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Bruins still in waiting mode on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Anders Bjork

Bruins still in waiting mode on Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Anders Bjork

BRIGHTON, Mass – While the NHL debut for Charlie McAvoy is a matter of “when” rather than “if” at this point after agreeing to an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) with the Boston Bruins, the jury is still out on Boston University center Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and University of Notre Dame winger Anders Bjork become pros. 

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney says that Forsbacka-Karlsson has yet to make a “final decision” on his status for next season after BU’s elimination from the NCAA hockey tournament, and Bjork is readying for the Frozen Four this weekend along with the rest of his Fighting Irish teammates. The 20-year-old Forsbacka-Karlsson just wrapped up his sophomore season with the Terriers and posted 14 goals and 33 points in 38 games with a plus-11 rating, and has not given the Bruins any firm word on his plans for the immediate future. 

The urgency perhaps isn’t there for the Bruins to lock things up with Forsbacka-Karlsson right this second, because he wouldn’t be a factor for this year’s NHL team. 

Meanwhile the Bruins can’t do anything with the 20-year-old Bjork until at least the end of next weekend, but have been mightily impressed with a player that’s posted 21 goals and 52 points in 38 games for Notre Dame this season. Bjork had three assists in the game that propelled Notre Dame into the Frozen Four, and there would be a great deal of urgency for the Bruins to lock up a talented forward that might be able to help them right now. 

“I’ve been able to see [Bjork] a few times including the regional [in New Hampshire] last weekend, and he was outstanding. He played every other shift, he set up goals in the game and he’s had a really nice progression as a college player this season,” said Sweeney of the explosive Notre Dame junior, who was far and away the best player at B's development camp last summer. “They’ve done a fabulous job with their team, and hopefully they get to the Finals on Saturday against Harvard, and we get the best of both worlds seeing how our prospects play in the final game. He’s had a tremendous college career to this point, and we’re excited about his development.”

McAvoy is the front-burner issue for the Bruins at this point, but it would surprise exactly nobody if both Forsbacka-Karlsson and Bjork join him in Providence in the next couple of weeks as they wrap up their AHL season.