Update: Bruins announce Savard out for year

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Update: Bruins announce Savard out for year

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
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 jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.