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'Strong possibility' Savard's season is over

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08:34 AM ET 02.02 | Marc Savard, recovering from his most recent concussion at home in Ontario, may already have played his final game of the season. Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli admitted Monday night that there has already been an internal discussion of whether or not to shut down center Marc Savard for the remainder of the 2010-2011 season due to his fourth career concussion. Before a final decision is made, however, Savard will be re-evaluated on Wednesday in Boston. "There is a strong possibility [of shutting him down], but you have to take it step by step," Chiarelli said in a phone conversation with ESPNBoston.com.

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February 2, 2011  09:54 AM ET

Sad. Really sad. I wish him the best, if it is over.

February 2, 2011  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Sad. Really sad. I wish him the best, if it is over.

I agree. I hope he realizes that he has a lot more life to live and does so as an ex-player. If he wants to stay in hockey I'm sure coaching or front office jobs would be available to him with the Bruins, and other organizations.

February 2, 2011  10:25 AM ET

Marc Savard, is recovering from his most recent concussion at home in Ontario.

It's nice he can get away to some place where he doesn't have to worry about hockey.

February 2, 2011  10:27 AM ET

There is a strong possibility [of shutting him down], but you have to take it step by step,"

Strong possibility...He gets rubbed out along the boards and ends up with more coconut issues. Seriously, when someone shouldn't be driving they take away their keys -- take this guys skates away from him!

February 2, 2011  11:13 AM ET

NO WAY Really ????

February 2, 2011  11:33 AM ET

Shutting him down opens up some Cap Space for Chiarelli too, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Savard again this season, right before the playoffs and in the lineup for the playoff run if he's effective in the latest return.

If the NHL is serious about these head shots, they should be hiring guys like Savard, Lafontaine, Laperriere and Deadmarsh to go team to team, town to town and lecture on their experiences with concussions and how they affect each person today. Then, do the same thing in the AHL, CHL and NCAA. Run commercials - if the WWE can put disclaimers to "not try this at home", why can't the NHL spend some coin and run ads during their games?

Also, I still don't like that changing the materials used to make equipment isn't in the conversation on how to lower the number of head injuries. That, and the cement boards they use now as opposed to the beauties that had give in the '80s and '90s.

February 2, 2011  12:07 PM ET

"There is a strong possibility [of shutting him down], but you have to take it step by step,"

You'll be doing him a favor. Don't wait for someone else to shut him down for you. Another hit won't be a pretty sight.

February 2, 2011  12:29 PM ET

give him a front office job or an assistant coaching job...it would be a shame if he made a joke of a good career

February 2, 2011  12:45 PM ET

This guy is going to be a complete vegetable if they allow him to keep playing hockey

February 2, 2011  01:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Shutting him down opens up some Cap Space for Chiarelli too, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Savard again this season, right before the playoffs and in the lineup for the playoff run if he's effective in the latest return.If the NHL is serious about these head shots, they should be hiring guys like Savard, Lafontaine, Laperriere and Deadmarsh to go team to team, town to town and lecture on their experiences with concussions and how they affect each person today. Then, do the same thing in the AHL, CHL and NCAA. Run commercials - if the WWE can put disclaimers to "not try this at home", why can't the NHL spend some coin and run ads during their games? Also, I still don't like that changing the materials used to make equipment isn't in the conversation on how to lower the number of head injuries. That, and the cement boards they use now as opposed to the beauties that had give in the '80s and '90s.

yep, Chiarelli gets cap relief if Savard is placed on long term IR. I am curious who the B's would try to make a pitch for, and who/what they would part with.
The team is/was doing very well before Savard even came back this season, and they have depth at center.

also agree about the equipment and rink construction. there is no "give" in the glass or boards in lots of arenas, anymore.
plus the players shoulder and elbow pads have no give, either, unlike equipment of the past.

February 2, 2011  01:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

"There is a strong possibility [of shutting him down], but you have to take it step by step," You'll be doing him a favor. Don't wait for someone else to shut him down for you. Another hit won't be a pretty sight.

with the way he is now, it would not even have to be a hard hit...

He gave Boston and ATL some great games and good seasons, but time to step away.

February 2, 2011  01:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

give him a front office job or an assistant coaching job...it would be a shame if he made a joke of a good career

agree with this ... he could scout/develop/asst. coach, and work his way up the ladder.

February 2, 2011  02:56 PM ET

He's not dead yet...sit for rest of year, keep tabs on him until September then reassess...if it is not getting appreciably better then offer retirement package. Best of both worlds.

February 2, 2011  04:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

He's not dead yet...sit for rest of year, keep tabs on him until September then reassess...if it is not getting appreciably better then offer retirement package. Best of both worlds.

It may be just me but i am pretty sure i hear a fat lady in Boston warming up her vocal chords for Savard.

February 2, 2011  06:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

It may be just me but i am pretty sure i hear a fat lady in Boston warming up her vocal chords for Savard.

Damn those Sutter ears are good.

February 2, 2011  06:12 PM ET

Sutter ears are poorly designed-lots goes in yet very little lands on grey matter.

February 2, 2011  06:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If the NHL is serious about these head shots, they should be hiring guys like Savard, Lafontaine, Laperriere and Deadmarsh to go team to team, town to town and lecture on their experiences with concussions and how they affect each person today.

Kind of like listening to ex-boxers I suspect

February 2, 2011  06:41 PM ET

I'm not going to give up on him yet, but the odds of him playing again this season do seem stacked against him.

February 2, 2011  07:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Sutter ears are poorly designed-lots goes in yet very little lands on grey matter.

Don't blame the ears for what is in between them! They didn't ask to get stuck on those 6 bocks of granite.

 
February 2, 2011  09:56 PM ET

That is a guaranteed contract, n'est-ce pas? So why freekin' bother, when ya know that some total cumquat is GOING to goon you, just to say THEY did it, and ****-all is gonna happen to them - from the League, or his Team(mates). By-the-by, Z. Chara is pure wooosssssss - all 81 inches.

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