The Boston Bruins will have to get by without Marc Savard
for the rest of this season.
On Monday afternoon, the team announced that the center, concussed for a second time in just 10 months, will sit out the remainder of the 2010-11 regular campaign and playoffs.
"Upon consultation with Marc, with his representatives, with Dr. Pete Asnis, and medical staff, we’ve decided that Marc won’t be playing for the rest of the regular season and playoffs," said B's GM Peter Chiarelli.
"We feel that it’s best for his short-term, medium-term, and long-term welfare, security and his family."
Savard, who led the Bruins in scoring for each of his first three seasons in Boston before being limited to 41 games during 2009-10, suffered his first concussion after a hit from the Pittsburgh Penguins Matt Cooke on March 7, 2010 in Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena.
He returned to play in seven playoff games for Boston last spring with 1-2-3 totals, but due to symptoms of post-concussion syndrome, the center played his first game of the curent season on Dec. 2 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning after missing the team's first 23 contests.
Marc then sustained his second concussion on Jan. 22nd of this year when he collided with former teammate Matt Hunwick during a game versus the Colorado Avalanche in Denver's Pepsi Center.
"I do remember the hit," said Savard. "I had a quick blackout and then obviously I lost all my energy that I had at that point in the game.
"I felt weak and obviously it was nothing compared to the other one."
Savard explained that he had no ill will for Hunwick.
"Matt contacted me already," said Savard. "He feels terrible.
"But, I mean, that one wasn’t his fault because I was skating fast, for once, it felt like and he just finished his check.
"He’s already contacted me twice, actually. The first one was just to tell me that he felt awful and that he felt sick the rest of the game so he had trouble playing. But then he contacted me again.
"So it was a tough incident, but I don’t think that one was a bad hit at all," he said.
Savard's 2010-11 line will remain 25 games played, with 2-8-10 totals and 29 penalty minutes.
He plans to play again and said he has avoided thinking about retirement.
"Well, I’ve obviously tried to stay away from that right now," said Savard. "It’s tough enough as it is not to finish the season.
"I’m going to get some more medical stuff done, some tests, and then I’ll be able to make a clearer decision on what my future is.
"But right now I’m hoping that I’ll be able to continue at some point," he said.