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
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.
*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.
*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.
*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.
*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.
*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.
*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.
*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.
BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.
Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.
Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.
Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.
“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”
Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game: