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After a report from ESPN.com said that center Marc Savard may miss the entire 2010-2011 season with post-concussion syndrome (PCS) symptoms, many worried (myself included) that where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. In this case, a negative report about Savard’s health citing Bruins sources may have some validity to it. Fortunately, Savard plans to play this season, but only when he is completely healthy, which may not happen for a while.
”Uh, I hope not,” he said about possibly missing the whole season. ”That’s not what I am looking at..but I am definitely going to take my time and make sure that I am 100 percent in every aspect before I even think about playing.”
Savard told the media on Saturday that he has had difficulty with all the symptoms of PCS, including nausea, headache, dizziness, seeing spots, and depression. The latter has been the most difficult.
“Oh, probably the depression part,” he said. ”That’s probably the toughest, so….that’s it.”
In hindsight, Savard also discussed that he may have returned too soon from a Grade 2 concussion suffered at the hands of Matt Cooke in March. If he seemed un-Savard-like in the playoffs, specifically against the Flyers, then your suspicions were true. He wasn’t himself.
”I had huge fatigue problems during [the Flyers series],” he said. ”Especially when [David Krejci] got hurt…I think it was Game 4 that I played 27 minutes. I pretty much should have been sitting [in the press box] after that….I didn’t have anything left.”
The loss of Savard is a huge blow to the Bruins, who will probably move rookie Tyler Seguin into the center slot. Seguin had been penciled in as a winger during camp.
What’s worse is that this injury could have been prevented and should have never happened. The NHL, who did not penalize, fine, or suspect Cooke for the hit, should bear some responsibility here.