Boston Bruins star forward Marc Savard was able to celebrate his team’s Stanley Cup victory, taking part in the parade and feeling the love from the fans in Boston. While Savard played in just 25 games with the team this year and the team is trying to to get his name on the Stanley Cup, Savard is still having problems with his health.
In late January, Savard was knocked out for the season after suffering a concussion from a hit by former Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick. Even in spite of that happening nearly six months ago, Savard is still struggling with concussion symptoms.
CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty caught up with Savard at the Stanley Cup parade and found out just how he’s doing.
”I’m feeling better. I still have my days. The memory is the biggest thing for me and the mornings are kind of tough,” said Savard. “The memory stuff is really terrible and hopefully it gets better.”
That’s not a very encouraging sign for Savard that he’s still having memory issues. After Savard was initially knocked out of business last year against Pittsburgh thanks to Matt Cooke, Savard’s road to recovery has been a rough one.
While he came back during last year’s playoff loss to Philadelphia his comeback in the offseason was hampered by setbacks that delayed his return this past season. It’s unlikely that the Bruins will push Savard to hurry back and given his condition it’s impossible to think we’ll see him to start next season.
It’s a sad story but for those pushing for better care to be taken for those who have suffered concussions, Savard’s ordeal is one that will be held up as a reason why players and medical trainers should take extreme care of those dealing with concussions.
Brad Stuart wasn’t on the ice for the first game of his two-year, $7.2 million contract and it had nothing to do with his health.
Avalanche coach Patrick Roy felt Stuart simply wasn’t one of the six best defensemen in training camp and consequently he wasn’t in the lineup, per the Denver Post.
“Things could change for the next game,” Roy offered. “Like I said (Wednesday), we’re going to use those eight D all year long. (Last night was) just the first game of the season.”
Perhaps, but it’s still a terrible indicator, especially given that Stuart will turn 36 on Nov. 6. Stuart is a veteran of over 1,000 games, but now the question is if he has enough left in the tank to provide Colorado with much value.
The Avalanche also scratched defenseman Brandon Gormley, who was acquired from the Coyotes in exchange for Stefan Elliott. The hope was that both players would benefit from the change in scenery. Gormley was taken with the 13th overall pick of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but has only played in 32 career NHL games.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
In a survey of 29 beat writers, the Anaheim Ducks emerged as the clear favorite to win the Stanley Cup. If you’ll recall, they have that in common with the EA Sports simulation. (Boston Globe)
Alex Ovechkin would pick an Olympic hit against Jaromir Jagr as the biggest check of his life. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)
Here are the highlights from Minnesota’s 5-4 victory over Colorado:
The Montreal Canadiens seem committed to using Alex Galchenyuk as a center throughout the 2015-16 campaign. (The Canadian Press)
The NHL recently enlisted its players to read off some not so mean tweets. (USA Today)
Bills coach Rex Ryan talked about the Sabres in Thursday’s press conference. (NHL.com)
Frederik Andersen may have the Anaheim Ducks’ starting job for now, but with John Gibson still a big part of their plans, Andersen has to keep proving himself. (Orange County Register)