Unsurprising yet still horrible news hit the Marc Savard front this Tuesday, when Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said that the forward, still suffering nasty post-concussion symptoms, won't play in the 2011-12 season. In fact, his career might be over.
"Marc Savard won't play this year," said GM Peter Chiarelli. "Nothing has changed in our monitoring. He'll be examined and he'll be declared unfit to play."
"Based on what I see, what I hear, what I read, and what I'm told, it's very unlikely Marc will play again," Chiarelli said. "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."
"Living a healthy life" is something way beyond strapping on the skates and playing hockey again. It's a whole other level of severity that really puts into context just how bad Savard's condition is these days. It's quite possible he's done playing hockey, but that seems to pale in comparison to the road he still has to face in his recovery effort.
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