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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Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Anton Blidh plans on keeping things pretty straightforward on his first call-up to the NHL. 

The former sixth-round pick of the Bruins has earned his stripes at the AHL level with Providence over the last couple of seasons, and comes to Boston as a gritty, energy forward capable of stirring things up in otherwise sleepy games. There’s also a bit of offensive upside for a fourth line-type player with five goals and nine points with 22 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating in 19 games for the P-Bruins this season. 

It remains to be seen if the Blidh call-up means that the Bruins intend to scratch a player or that somebody is questionable for Saturday afternoon’s game in Buffalo, but Patrice Bergeron did miss Friday’s practice without any real defined reason for his absence. The 21-year-old Swede said he plans to play to his strengths if he gets into the lineup for the Black and Gold, and that could mean getting under the skin of his Sabres opponents. 

“It’s my first time called up, so I’m happy,” said Blidh, who was asked what he'll bring if he gets into the lineup. “I’ll just play simple and play my own game: be hard on the puck and play with some energy. I worked hard [in Providence] and then I got some confidence. I’m not a goal-scorer, but I scored a couple of goals and got some confidence.”

Claude Julien hasn’t been able to catch up Blidh’s work since the season got started, but was pleased by the youngster’s progress in training camp, where he earned notice for his feisty, physical play on a line with Noel Acciari. 

“They said he’s playing well, so they brought him up. We’ll get to see him, hopefully tomorrow,” said Julien. “I didn’t hear a ton of fine details aside from him being a guy that was certainly playing with a lot of energy. I didn’t mind him in training camp either. He works really hard and competes hard, and we could use that.”

That would certainly be the case after watching the Bruins go through the motions for long stretches Thursday night against Carolina before essentially stealing a game that they didn’t deserve to win. 

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.