Marc Savard Misses the Game, Wants to Give Back
Marc Savard‘s name hasn’t been in the news a lot recently. He hasn’t touched the ice at all to play for the Boston Bruins since January 2011 due to the effects of a concussion. However, he was given a day with the Stanley Cup and had his name engraved on the chalice. Plus, he has remained part of the Bruins lineup regardless of his ability to play.
Interestingly enough, as a member of the long-term injured reserve list, he is actually not affected by the NHL lockout. Players on the LTIR are still allowed to meet with team trainers, doctors and other personnel.
Since he’s still allowed to do that, he tweeted today that he attempted to work out with his trainer. “I felt like crap but I need to do it,” he said.
A few minutes later, he added that he was being asked about a potential comeback. His answer was potentially upsetting to fans.
“For the fans that keep asking, there is no comeback in the foreseeable future. I miss the game it has given me everything I have today,” he said.
However, he did express a hope for “a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel,” although he tempered that hope by pointing out that it’s his doctor who would decide if he’ll ever play again. Then, he added the hashtag “#nochance.”
Lately, Savard has been making some contributions to the game in other ways. He helped coach his son’s team, promised to give back to minor/OHL level hockey and recently wondered if he could become the general manager of the OHL team in his hometown of Peterborough, Ontario.
“I need something to keep me busy because I’m losing my mind and since hockey is not in the near future for myself maybe Pete’s gm? thoughts?” he wondered on his Twitter recently.
He also tried to be encouraging about the state of negotiations to end the lockout. Last week, before the two sides met for that short and contentious negotiation meeting, he had this to say to his followers:
“50-50 [hockey-related revenue] it’s great start but I believe there’s still a ways to go but I hope we can get something done in the very near future