While Marc Savard won't be participating in the Bruins-Habs Eastern Conference quarterfinals series that starts tonight at TD Garden, Bruins head coach Claude Julien made it clear that Savard is in the minds and hearts of his teammates and coach as they embark on what they hope to be a successful run in the playoffs.
Savard called it a season on Feb. 7 after suffering his second concussion within a year and headed home to Ontario to rest and recover. As of last month, he was still reportedly experiencing memory loss.
“I’ve kept in contact with Savvy every week or so,” Julien said Thursday. “We communicate, and things haven’t changed in his case, and it’s unfortunate for him. I’m sure he’s going to be sitting at home and watching these games and wishing he could be part of it because as a player that part of you will never leave. And this is the most exciting time of the year, and I know he loved the times that he was in the playoffs. And he was obviously a pretty important part of the success of our hockey club, so will we miss his play? Absolutely. You don’t lose an elite player like him and not feel it.”
Savard had 10 points in 25 games this season. His last game was on Jan. 22 at Colorado when he took a hit from Avalanche defenseman and former teammate Matt Hunwick and suffered the latest concussion.