LOS ANGELES -- The Bruins have confirmed what everybody both feared and expected at the same time: Marc Savard suffered another concussion after his head slammed into the glass at Pepsi Arena on Saturday afternoon after a collision with Matt Hunwick."It sucks for him. He's been through a lot since the last one and it's definitely not a good feeling," said B's wingerMilan Lucic after hearing the news. "It's definitely not the news thathe wanted to hear. Hopefully the recovery will be a lot quicker this time, and I'm sure he'll go about things the right way so things don't repeat itself like last year."
The Bruins issued a statement that Savard has suffered a "moderate concussion" and is out indefinitely after another brain injury. The Bruins medical staff grades concussions on a mild, moderate and severe scale, so the most recent concussion for Savard was deemed fairly significant by doctors after undergoing testing on Monday.David Krejci likewise suffered a "moderate concussion" against the St. Louis Blues, and returned to the lineup exactly two weeks later after making a steady recovery after smashing the back of his head against the boards at TD Garden.Here is the full statement from Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli: "After being examined by the Bruins medical staff today, Marc has been diagnosed with a moderate concussion. There is no timetable on his return and no further updates at this time."Savard was injured when he collided with former Bruins teammate Matt Hunwick. The Bruins center slammed his head against the glass and he was in obvious pain as he rolled around on the ice holding the side of his face. Savard suffered the worst concussion of his career last spring on a cheap shot elbow from Penguins winger Matt Cooke. He missed the first two months of this season with post-concussion symptoms that stemmed from the Cooke hit. TSN's Bob McKenzie was the first to report that Savard had been diagnosed with a concussion and would be out indefinitely.Joe Haggerty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs
The Bruins have three players headed to the IIHF Hockey World Championship, which begin this weekend in Russia.
Brad Marchand was invited to play for Team Canada early on in the process, coming off his 37-goal season for the Bruins. Last week the Czech Republic added 19-year-old right wing David Pastrnak to their squad with plans to skate on a line with the Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec.
And Frank Vatrano -- who scored a total of 44 goals between Boston and Providence in this, his first full professional season -- was added to the Team USA roster this week. Vatrano, 22, confirmed it on his own Twitter account on Tuesday night prior to hopping on a flight bound for Russia:
Torey Krug played for Team USA last season, but was unavailable this time around after undergoing right shoulder surgery just a couple of weeks ago that will have him sidelined until late October.
Vatrano is one of four Massachusetts players on this year's version of Team USA. The others are Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon, Hurricanes defenseman Noah Hanifin and Devils D-man David Warsofsky.
Both Marchand and Pastrnak previously suited up for their countries in the World Junior championships, and Vatrano played in the U.S. National Team Development Program prior to playing college hockey at the University of Massachusetts. Vatrano also previously represented the U.S. at the 2012 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship in Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic, where he helped Team USA claim the gold medal.
The IIHF Men's World Championships will start Friday and run until May 22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. It features featuring many of the NHL players that aren’t participating in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Ahead of the expansion draft, teams may look to get something in return for players they’d otherwise lose for nothing.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while giving a warm May the Fourth Be With You to everybody out there.
*Mike Francesa has declared sports radio war on former New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro, and it’s getting ugly folks.
*A humbled Bruce Boudreau, who really didn’t need to be humbled given what a nice man he is, will have a long line of NHL suitors interested in his services.
*The Northeastern University hockey team has gone to some extremes with their pregame wrestling matches.
*Pro Hockey Talk asks the question: if there’s an expansion draft, which goaltender should the Penguins protect given what’s going on in their playoff series?
*A really nice gesture within the PHT morning skate with Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper going to bat for a Lightning beat reporter that finds himself out of a job.
*Max Domi had a very memorable rookie season even if it didn’t end with any serious consideration for the Calder Trophy.
*The Nashville Predators got a little better this week with the decision to kick Mike Ribeiro up into the press box.
*For something completely different: these Han Solo uniform jerseys for the Durham Bulls’ Star Wars Night are the freakin’ truth.