Morning Skate 27: Savard move is the right move

Morning Skate 27: Savard move is the right move

By Joe Haggerty

Its sad to see Marc Savard saying goodbye to the rest of the hockey season, but not sad to see a player and team doing the right thing.The Bruins have called together a press conference for 2 p.m. with general manager Peter Chiarelli, team doctor Peter Asnis and Savard himself at TD Garden, where they'll announce that Savards season is over. Hes still fighting symptoms that include headaches, vertigo and irritability the same kind of symptoms he was battling in the aftermath of a vicious Matt Cooke elbow to his chops last spring and its been more than two weeks since Matt Hunwick slammed his face into the Pepsi Arena boards and glass.The time had come to make the call that could give No. 91 his best shot at a normal life and future, whether he returns to the NHL next season or not. At the end of the day thats what its all about, and now Savard will get the long stretch of time that Patrice Bergeron received to heal properly without any temptation or rush to return for a playoff run. Thats what really hurt the center last year when he jumped back into the series against the Philadelphia Flyers just months after his devastating concussion, and then kept silent when he felt PCS symptoms beginning to creep back into his game.No reason to keep silent on concussions anymore for Savard, and no reason to rush back to the Bruins when he has his own life to worry about. All anybody can say about Savard is good luck and God bless, and hopefully that fog clears once and for all after the traumatic brain injuries hes suffered over the last two years.On to the links: Could the Atlanta Thrashers evenbe motivated by Vince Lombardi as they plummet out of the playoff picture? The Atlanta Journal Constitution has its doubts. Dominik Hasek is still playing in the KHL at the age of 46, but he does admit that the Russian teams would have a hard time consistently hanging in the NHLs North American setting for a number of reasons. Guy Carbonneau is returning to the coaching gig behind the bench at the Quebec Major Junior level, which is a slight step down from being at the controls of the Montreal Canadiens. But I didnt need to tell you that. Phil Kessel isnt happy in Toronto and isnt happy with taskmaster coach Ron Wilson. Got to say that Im shocked and chagrined to see this development from such a well-adjusted, well-behaved hockey player. Im beginning to really think Phil the Thrill is one of those its everybodys fault but mine kind of players, and thats not good. Tariq El-Bashir starts a new On Hockey column for the Washington Post by wondering how worthy the Washington Capitals are at this point. Good to see that El-Bashir is going to keep his skates laced up in the world of hockey.

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Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team


Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while saying RIP Vine but not really feeling it since it’s a rabbit hole I never really delved down into. 

*Down Goes Brown celebrates the “NHL’s old guys”, and yes, that means a gratuitous shout out to Zdeno Chara as the top defenseman on the All-Graybeard squad. 

*Hampus Lindholm has signed a long term deal with the Anaheim Ducks, so now that deal leaves everybody to wonder who is leaving the Anaheim roster in the eventual salary cap crunch. It will be interesting to see if this hastens any Cam Fowler trade talk as far as the Bruins are concerned because it looks like they need the help.  

*Pro Hockey Talk has the Oilers off to their best start since the Wayne Gretzky Era and people in Edmonton finally getting to see the hockey they’ve been waiting for over the past few years. 

*In honor of the Halloween season that we’re in, here are a few cool and scary goalie masks with a bit of spooky flair. 

*Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is confident that his young team is going to rebound after a rough start to the season. 

*Speaking of creative uniforms, it’s a most wonderful time of the year for hockey when they bust out their Oktoberfest sweaters. 

*For something completely different: this matchup of Peanuts and Stranger Things hits all the right notes for fans of both. 


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?

While the good news is that it doesn’t appear that Tuukka Rask is dealing with a knee injury, there are still some significant muscular issues to work with concerning his left leg. 

According to former Bruins defenseman and NHL analyst Aaron Ward on CSN’s Great American Hockey Show podcast, the Bruins franchise goaltender has been dealing with a hamstring issue that’s also become a hamstring and groin issue as he tried to play through in the first week of the season. Rask clearly tweaked something in his left leg opening night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, missed the Saturday night loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and then appeared to aggravate the injury in last week’s win over the New Jersey Devils. 

According to Ward, it’s hamstring and groin issues for Rask as the Bruins attempt to survive without him while potentially working toward a possible return for the Finnish netminder this weekend vs. the Red Wings. Rask hasn’t skated with the Bruins since finishing out the 2-1 win over the Devils last Thursday night, and tweaking the problematic left leg in the process. 

“What I was told is that it was left leg, and that at first it was hamstring and now it’s possibly hamstring and groin,” said Ward to CSN Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty on the Great American Hockey Show podcast. “You’re always concerned when you’re a goalie and it’s your legs, right? It’s the push-off. The crazy part was watching it on video where the shoot came from the left side and went wide, and the next time he injures it shot comes from the same spot, misses it wide and [Rask] is in the exact same position wincing.

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“I think [the Bruins] are smart rather than trying to play a guy that’s 90, 80 or 70 percent, whatever it is, to just get it over with. Endure the short term pain to get the greater gain, and that’s having Rask in there. There’s no greater endorsement to keep him out than seeing the [bad losses without him] because you need a healthy Tuukka to let the rest of the team settle.”

It’s been disastrous without Rask, of course, as the Bruins have allowed 11 goals in back-to-back losses to the Wild and Rangers with rookies Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre between the pipes, and Anton Khudobin out for three weeks while sporting a cast on his right hand in the last B’s game at TD Garden. 

Meanwhile, Rask (3-0-0, 1.67 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage) is trying to heal and time it perfectly so he returns once he’s past the danger of potentially blowing out the muscles in his left leg and making the situation even worse than it already might be. 

Ward also discusses his relationship with "Toucher & Rich" and the "Cuts for a Cause" charitable event that he helped start.