Many may have heard that Sidney Crosby’s status for the upcoming season remains in doubt, while Boston Bruins center Marc Savard will not play in 2011-12 and probably never again. The last time Savard played was in January, when he suffered his second concussion in almost a year on a hit delivered by a former teammate, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick.
Ever since that hit, Savard’s post-concussion systems have not gone away. Training camp is only a few weeks away and the Bruins aren’t expecting Savard to be back this season and even possibly never again.
“Based on what I see, what I hear, what I read, and what I’m told, it’s very unlikely Marc will play again,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told the Boston Globe. “Now, knowing the uncertainty of this injury, there’s always a chance [he could play]. But based on what I’m told, it’s very unlikely he’ll play. As an employer, I support him and hope he gets back to living a healthy life.”
Savard is under contract until the 2016-2017 season and still has $21 million owed to him. For Bruins benefits they will most likely put him on long-term injury reserve allowing the Bruins to exceed the salary cap by the $4.007 million cap hit.
As far as Sidney Crosby goes, who hasn’t played since the Winter Classic when he received his concussion, was at a 90 percent exertion level his concussion symptoms reappeared. He has been given the green light to maintain light activity. “I think it’s going to be a long time before Mr. Crosby, in my humble opinion, is back to full activity,” said Dr. Gary Joubert, chair of emergency medicine at the University of Western Ontario’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Can you possibly blame the NHL for some of their brightest stars having to sit out seasons and potentially never play again due to head hits? I believe so. The NHL didn’t tend to the head hits situation in a timely manner, and when they did, players didn’t get punished a reasonable amount for the damage they caused. These are career-threatening injuries that are causing some of the greatest hockey players ineligible to play, and it’s unacceptable.
It’s doubted that Savard will ever play again and its highly doubted that Crosby will be playing anytime soon.
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