Savard 'very interested' in getting into coaching

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Savard 'very interested' in getting into coaching

While Marc Savard's chances at a return from post-concussion syndrome look bleak, theres very clearly still a future in hockey for the playmaking pivot. Savard is in Peterborough, Ontario and heavily involved with the hockey paths of his children, and he indicated last week on his Twitter account that hed like to get involved in coaching.

Before anybody envisions Savard with a clipboard hastily drawing up power-play formations for Tyler Seguin on a dry-erase board, it appears the injured Bruins center is most interested in coaching at the OHL junior level in Canada.

I think I am very interested in coaching hockey at high level OHL

marc savard (@MSavvy91) November 21, 2012

Just at the junior level I coached aaa last and I loved it giveback

marc savard (@MSavvy91) November 21, 2012

The coaching option is an intriguing one for a player like Savard, who clearly has a keen mind for the game of hockey considering the 499 career assists on his NHL resume in 807 games for the Rangers, Flames, Thrashers and Bruins. The OHL is also just one step away from a coaching gig at the NHL level as many like Dale Hunter have proven over the years. (Hunter jumped from the London Knights to the Washington Capitals last year.)

Savard hasnt played in an NHL game since January of the 2010-11 NHL season when he was concussed by a hit from former teammate Matt Hunwick. The Bs center indicated as recently as last month that he still suffers headaches, memory loss and other post-concussion symptoms. Following this season Savard will still have four years and more than 16 million remaining on a contract extension signed in 2009-10, just months before Matt Cooke hit him with a career-altering blindside head shot.

Despite his inactivity as a player, Savard has been actively participating in the NHLPA process during the lockout and has voiced his own strong opinions as well. He tweeted his concurrence with Sidney Crosby when the Penguins forward put forth a theory that the NHL might be planning for a season-long shutdown due to the lockout.

Crosby's comments on the lockout I couldn't agree more..I'm starting to think its the NHL's mandate to not have a season.. nhlpastaystrong

marc savard (@MSavvy91) November 14, 2012

Playing or not playing, its good to hear Savards voice active and alert while he thinks about what kind of possibilities wait for him down the road in his hockey career.

Bruins sign pair of draft picks, including BC's Fitzgerald, to entry-level deals

Bruins sign pair of draft picks, including BC's Fitzgerald, to entry-level deals

Amidst the current turmoil at the NHL level, the Bruins delivered a little good news about the future today . . . with more potentially to come. 

The Bruins announced the signing of a pair of prospects/former draft picks -- Boston College forward Ryan Fitzgerald and defenseman Emil Johansson -- to entry-level contracts that will kick in next season. There will likely be another wave of signings with the Bruins from the amateur ranks once players like Charlie McAvoy, Anders Bjork and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson are finished up with their college teams in the NCAA tournament, though it remains to be seen exactly which players end up taking the NHL plunge. 

There was some uncertainty as to whether Fitzgerald would definitely sign with Boston after completing his senior season at BC, but he will immediately join the Providence Bruins on an amateur tryout agreement after signing a two-year deal. Johansson will join the Bruins on a Professional Tryout Agreement with a three-year entry level deal that kicks off next season. 

The 5-foot-10, 177-pound Fitzgerald was an alternate captain for BC in 2016-17, with 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points in 34 games with 56 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating. Fitzgerald is also the son of Billerica native and former Bruins forward Tommy Fitzgerald, who took to Twitter on Friday to voice his overwhelming pride over his oldest signing an NHL contract. He was a fourth-round pick by the Bruins in 2013.

Johansson, 20, completed his first season with Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Hockey League in 2016-17, establishing career highs with 7 goals and 10 assists for 17 points with 26 penalty minutes in 49 games. The B's selected him in the seventh round in 2014.

Report: Clippers' Griffin willing to consider Celtics in free agency

Report: Clippers' Griffin willing to consider Celtics in free agency

With all attention focused on overtaking the Cavs for the No. 1 seed in the East, the offseason -- trades, the draft, free agency -- is on the backburner in Celtics Nation these days.

But that pot's still simmering,

And it began to boil a little today when Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, in the middle of a story on the Clippers being at a crossroad, threw a little accelerant on that old Blake Griffin-to-Boston flame . . .

But more and more people around the league believe he would be open to a fresh start — perhaps with the Lakers or the Boston Celtics, who have coveted Griffin for years and would offer a new chance to win. The most intriguing fit might be if he were to go home to Oklahoma to join Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, but his interests in the entertainment industry make staying in Los Angeles a priority.

Not much of a thread to grab there. But that didn't prevent cbssports.com's James Herbert from looking into it . . .  

Jumping to another contender on a max contract might not be simple. As CelticsBlog’s Keith P. Smith pointed out, Boston would have to dump Terry Rozier, waive Tyler Zeller and renounce all its free agents, including Kelly Olynyk, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson, in order to even get near the amount of cap room that would be required to offer Griffin or someone like Gordon Hayward a max deal. 

Then again, Herbert says the Lakers and Thunder, Griffin's supposed other two destination spots, are even less financially flexible than the C's.

For now, it's all just a temporary diversion from the battle for No. 1.

It's also a reminder, though, that a whole new season -- the offseason -- is just around the corner.