Marc Savard speaks for first time since concussion

Savard1.jpgMarc Savard held a brief press conference this afternoon for the
national and Boston media, appearing in public for the first time since
Matt Cooke’s shoulder knocked him out for the season. He was pale,
struggled at times with his responses and generally looked like a guy
who had made it out of his house for the first time in three weeks.

He
spoke of wanting to get back on the ice as soon as possible, but also
sounded as if it’s going to take some time for that to happen.

“This
is what I grew up learning to do and what I want to do for a long
time,” he said. “I want to get back and play hockey as soon as possible.
I’m taking it a day at a time. Hopefully, sooner rather than later.”

When
asked about whether he’s had concussions before, and how this one
compares to those, he was clear that this recovery has been tough for
him.

“I had three kind of minor ones, none as serious,” Savard
said. “I don’t
feel good a lot of days. I have trouble sleeping through the night.
Everyday things I don’t feel comfortable doing. Very irritable. I get
mad at a lot of things I shouldn’t.

“I’m just trying to feel
normal again and I don’t feel that way right
now. I’m getting outside, getting some fresh air, but
I’m not where I need to be. I miss playing hockey. I miss my buddies.
Hopefully. I’m back soon.”

Savard did feel well enough to put in a
dig at his team’s power play, which has struggled considerably since
he’s been out. He won’t be able to help out anytime soon.

“Obviously,
I would like to get back and help my team. I’m not
looking at it right now. I want to get healthy. I need a couple clear
days before I can get on a bike. Right now, Just taking it day by day.”

He
also was understandably bitter and upset over the hit, and had this to
say about Matt Cooke attempting to reach out to him.

“Yeah, he has tried and he has tried to get my phone number and stuff
like that, but from what happened I really don’t, right at the moment,
have any interest in talking to him and that’s just how I feel. Maybe down the road, but right now, I am not feeling any better
so I would rather just not talk to him.

“To me, it was a shoulder and I watched the (Mike) Richards on (David)
Booth hit. I
think that was a shoulder…. I think mine was more of an elbow, so I
think there was an attempt to injure there.

“It was an attempt to injure that could have been
avoided.”

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    NHLPA hire Bruce Meyer brings a ‘wealth of knowledge,’ says Fehr

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    Bruce Meyer’s résumé of victories as a lawyer is a long and impressive one, and he has now joined the NHL Players’ Association as a senior director of collective bargaining, policy and legal, the union announced Thursday.

    During his tenure of more than 25 years at the law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP, Meyer represented the NHLPA, NFLPA and NBPA.

    The NHLPA said in a statement that in his new position, Meyer “will focus on a wide array of policy and legal issues.”

    In working for those unions, he was involved in matters such as collective bargaining and arbitration, as per his online profile.

    “Bruce will be a great addition to the NHLPA’s staff. He brings a wealth of knowledge to this new role coming from his law firm where he gained three decades’ worth of valuable experience, including effectively representing the NHLPA and other Players’ Associations as outside counsel,” said NHLPA executive director Don Fehr in a statement.

    The NHLPA said Meyer will begin at his new position in mid-August.

    The news of this hire comes more than a month after the league sued the NHLPA after Dennis Wideman‘s 20-game suspension for hitting linesman Don Henderson was reduced to 10 games by a neutral arbitrator.

    Related: Report: NHL dismisses neutral arbitrator who reduced Wideman’s suspension

    Sweet ride: Blackhawks sponsor CJ Wilson Racing’s Porsche Cayman at Road America

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    Chicago Blackhawks fans, start your engines!

    Yes, according to MotorSportsTalk, the Blackhawks have become the main sponsor of CJ Wilson Racing’s No. 35 car, a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, for the upcoming IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge event at Road America next month.

    That’s a sweet ride.

    From MotorSportsTalk:

    The partnership will officially launch at the United Center on Wednesday, August 3, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m in advance of Saturday’s race. Fans will have the opportunity to get up close to the car, meet the drivers and Blackhawks Ambassador Denis Savard, and have their picture taken.

    The race takes place Aug. 6 at Road America in Wisconsin.

    Third team’s the charm? Devils ink Gormley to one-year, two-way deal

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    Since being selected by the Coyotes at 13th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, Brandon Gormley has had a difficult time breaking into the league on a full-time basis.

    On Thursday, the 24-year-old Gormley joined his third NHL team, signing with the New Jersey Devils on a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 at the NHL level, the club announced.

    Despite his draft status, Gormley has yet to play a full season in the big league, although this deal could give him an opportunity to end that. For the Devils, the deal adds more depth to the blue line in the organization and for a friendly price.

    Last season, Gormley split time between the Colorado Avalanche and its farm team, the San Antonio Rampage. Despite some high expectations about where he could fit on the Avs’ blue line, he was eventually put on waivers in January.

    He ended the season with one assist in 26 games with the Avalanche, and hit the open market after Colorado didn’t give him a qualifying offer.

    Wild sign Dumba to two-year, $5.1M deal

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    After ongoing contract talks between the Minnesota Wild and restricted free agent defenseman Matt Dumba, the two sides have come to a deal.

    The Wild announced Thursday that they had signed Dumba to a two-year deal, worth a total value of $5.1 million.

    A breakdown of the new deal:

    — In 2016-17: $2.35 million.

    — In 2017-18: $2.75 million.

    Selected seventh overall by the Wild in 2012, Dumba had his most productive campaign this past season, with 10 goals and 26 points in 81 games.

    Known for his offensive skills — he had 20 goals and 57 points with Red Deer in the WHL in his draft year — Dumba also brings a coveted right-shot to the Wild blue line, which features four players with contracts of four or more years of term remaining.

    As per General Fanager, the Wild still have $2.168 million in projected cap space, but they have secured all their remaining restricted free agents.