2:04 P.M. UPDATE: The Bruins have announced officially that Marc Savard will not play for the remainer for the 2010-11 season.
By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com has confirmed that the Bruins will shut down 32-year-old center Marc Savard for the rest of the season because of the concussion he suffered against the Colorado Avalanche two weeks ago.The Bs are expected to make the announcement Monday.Savard's latest concussion, his second concussion in less than a calendar year, came after a Matt Hunwick hit caused him to go face-first into the boards and glass. He is still experiencing headaches, irritability and dizziness as a result of his latest concussion, and appears to be suffering from the same post-concussion syndrome symptoms that hampered him last season and again this summer.The symptoms have been present since Savard was blindsided by Matt Cooke last March in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and prompted the NHL to adopt Rule 48 against blindside head shots.
The move to hold Savard out for the rest of the season came after GM Peter Chiarelli, agent Larry Kelly and Savard discussed Savards future over the weekend. It was agreed the best course of action was to hold Savard out of action until next September at the earliest.Savard returned to the Bs lineup in early December this season after missing the first two months while battling back from post-concussion syndrome symptoms, and finished out with 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) and a minus-7 in 25 games played. Savard was dazed and dinged on a hit from behind into the glass by Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland just days before the Hunwick hit left him with his fourth concussion as an NHL player. Those looking to send well-wishesget well cards for Savard -- something that he said was instrumental in his recovery from post-concussion syndrome last summer -- should send everything to: Marc Savard co Boston Bruins, TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114Joe Haggerty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs