Marc Savard

It’s official: Marc Savard is done for the season and playoffs with concussion


Bruins fans’ worst fears were confirmed today when GM Peter Chiarelli and team physician Dr. Peter Asnis announced today that star center Marc Savard would miss the remainder of the regular season as well as the playoffs thanks to the concussion he suffered two weeks ago against Colorado.

A sad and scared-looking Savard spoke with reporters today at a press conference in Boston to discuss his latest situation and it’s eerily similar to what he dealt with last March after his concussion against the Penguins thanks to Matt Cooke’s disgusting blow to the head.

“Still some headaches off and on,” said Savard, who appeared pale, tired, and withdrawn during a 23-minute press conference at TD Garden. “I think the thing that scares me the most are little memory things, where I forget that I’ve asked someone a question, or little things like that that scare me. The odd dizzy stuff, so that’s also something that worries me.”

Savard went on to say that he blacked out briefly after the hit he took from Matt Hunwick that put him on the shelf for the year but he doesn’t hold anything against Hunwick for the hit. Savard says he’s heard from Hunwick a couple of times since the hit and he’s apologized for what happened. As for what Savard will do now, he says he’ll spend more time with his family at home now and travel from there to Boston to keep up with the team and get treatment. For now, rest and no stress is what Savard will be doing to try and alleviate his concussion symptoms.

The Bruins are placing Savard on long-term injured reserve which gives the B’s salary cap relief for the amount of Savard’s contract meaning they can add just over $4 million more in salary to get someone to fill out their ranks. Whether or not the Bruins will make adding another forward a priority over addressing their defensive woes remains to be seen, but Chiarelli knows that finding someone of Savard’s capability will be nearly impossible to do.

For now, youngster Zach Hamill will get a chance to play some with the Bruins and try to keep things going positively with the big club. He’s got big shoes to try and fill and if things don’t go well there, the pressure will be amped up on Chiarelli to make a move to help the Bruins down the stretch.


Ducks name Kesler alternate captain

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For the second time in his career, Ryan Kesler is wearing an “A.”

On Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Kesler would serve as one of the club’s alternate captains this season, taking over for Francois Beauchemin, who signed in Colorado this summer.

With the move, Kesler joins Anaheim’s existing leadership group of captain Ryan Getzlaf, and alternate Corey Perry.

“It’s an honor,” Kesler said, per the Ducks. “It’s special. I’m going to wear it with pride and lead by example.”

As mentioned earlier, Kesler has some experience as an alternate — he wore an “A” in Vancouver from 2008-13, but had it removed prior to the start of the ’13-14 campaign.

It’s not surprising Anaheim went in this direction. GM Bob Murray made a huge investment in Kesler this summer by inking the 31-year-old to a six-year, $41.25M extension.

Diaz could leave Rangers for Europe

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Could Raphael Diaz be on his way back to Switzerland?

We’ll know in a month.

Diaz, who lost out on the Rangers’ final blueline spot in training camp, has reported to the club’s AHL affiliate in Hartford but doesn’t seem pleased with his current situation, per the Post:

The 29-year-old Diaz, who cleared waivers last Saturday after the Blueshirts opted to keep rookie Dylan McIlrath as the club’s seventh on the blue line, is interested in the European option if he is not in the NHL.

The Blueshirts have told Diaz they will revisit the situation at the end of October, but have not promised to release him or assign him to a European team at that point.

If Diaz, a Swiss native who represented Switzerland in the 2014 Olympics, does play in Europe during the season, he would have to go through waivers in order to return to the NHL.

Diaz’s agent, Ritch Winter, told the Post that Diaz signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Rangers “to play with the Rangers.”

And it’s understandable if Diaz — a journeyman offensive defenseman — isn’t happy with this situation.

While some believe McIlrath earned his roster spot on merit, some think it’s because of his contract status. McIlrath, who’s only 23 and a former first-round pick, would’ve needed to clear waivers to go back to Hartford, and it’s believed he would’ve been claimed by another club.