Savard out indefinitely with concussion


Savard out indefinitely with concussion

By JoeHaggerty

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 Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener


Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

The Bruins had already let it be known that Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes wouldn’t be playing Monday night in their preseason opener vs. the Blue Jackets. 

Instead, all three will participate in their first day of training camp practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins will ice a young, prospect-laden group against Columbus at TD Garden.

“[Camp] has been really good,” said assistant coach Jay Pandolfo. “There are a lot of new faces around here, so we’re just getting them to understand how we want to play. I think they did a good job with it and they should be ready to go [against Columbus].”

Here is the lineup of players expected to suit up for Boston’s preseason opener on Monday night: Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Anton Khudobin, Sean Kuraly, John-Michael Liles, Zane McIntyre, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, Tyler Randell and Jakub Zboril. 

Carlo, Cehlarik, Heinen and DeBrusk are all serious candidates to threaten for an NHL roster spot, and these preseason games will be a big test to see how roster ready they might actually be at their precocious young age.

The Bruins haven’t said when the first cuts of training camp are expected, but one round of early cuts are expected next week perhaps after Wednesday night’s preseason home game against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We’ll see how tomorrow night goes and then make a decision [on a lineup] for Wednesday, but I think we’ll try to give all the guys a pretty good look and go from there,” said Pandolfo. 

Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?


Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what a crap shot this Presidential debate is going to be on Monday night.

*Brett Connolly has hooked on with the Washington Capitals, and the Caps hope they’ve found a “gem” in the former Bruins winger.

*John Tortorella is putting his Blue Jackets through an absolute boot camp thus far in Columbus. Bold strategy…I wonder how this will play out.

*The Pittsburgh Penguins appreciate the gifts of defenseman Kris Letang, even if Team Canada didn’t for the World Cup.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ken Wiebe has the details on Jacob Trouba asking to get moved from the Winnipeg Jets.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has Saturday night’s World Cup of Hockey showdown between Russia and Canada as another chapter in the Alex Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby rivalry.

*It’s sad to see respected veteran player Clarke MacArthur have to be helped off the ice after a vicious hit in a training camp scrimmage. What a dumb move by a guy that’s never going to crack the Senators roster.

*For something completely different: a good father/son piece on learning to appreciate things that your kids are interested in, and how rewarding it can be in the end.