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The news does not come as a complete shock, but it is still sad to hear. Bruins center Marc Savard is going to be shut down for not just the 2011-’12 season, but possibly for the rest of his career due to post-concussion syndrome. Savard received his second concussion within one year’s time back on January 22nd against the Colorado Avalanche which sidelined him for the remainder of Boston’s Stanley Cup-winning season.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirmed reports earlier today:
“Marc Savard won’t play this year. Nothing has changed in our monitoring. He’ll be examined and he’ll be declared unfit to play.”
Savard’s battle with post-concussion syndrome has been well documented here in Boston starting back in March of 2010 when Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke delivered a blindsided hit to the head of Savard. As we all know, Cooke was not punished at all for his hit and Savard did not play for the remainder of the regular season. He did however return for the conference semi-finals against the Philadelphia Flyers where Boston lost the series 4-3.
Savard did not return to action until December of the 2010-’11 season and made his last appearance on January 22nd where he was hit into the boards face first and left the game with another concussion.
While there is a slight possibility of his condition getting better, it looks like the Savard has played his last game in the NHL.