Saturday, June 18, 2011
Marc Savard glad Bruins got 'rewarded'
By James Murphy ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Injured forward Marc Savard rode in a duck boat with his teammates in the Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup parade on Saturday, happy he was able to take part in the celebration after missing the Cup-clinching Game 7 in Vancouver.
Savard, who played just 25 games after suffering a second major concussion in two seasons, said the trip to Vancouver would have been too much for him, as he is still suffering from postconcussion symptoms.
Marc Savard said "it's been tough" to have to watch his team's run to the Stanley Cup from afar.
"It was a long flight (to Vancouver), stuff like that," Savard said. "It was a weird feeling. I was around for a couple games at home and I didn't want to stick my nose in the boys' (locker) room, I didn't want to take any of the spotlight away from anyone that worked so hard."
Savard said that while he is obviously thrilled his team won the Stanley Cup, it was difficult to watch it all from the sideline.
"It's been tough that's for sure," Savard said. "Especially, like I said, watching. But in the same sentence I am happy for the organization, the players and the staff and everybody that put the time in and got rewarded."
Prior to Saturday's parade, Savard said he hadn't touched the Cup yet at that point but was honored the Bruins are petitioning to get his name on it.
"That's special and like I've said before, Peter (Chiarelli) has been fantastic with me since Day 1 and he was one of the reasons I did come," Savard said. "I really can't explain it right now but it's been a long road, that's for sure."
One of the motivating factors in the Bruins twice coming back in the finals was winger Nathan Horton's Game 3 concussion, which was suffered on a late hit by the Canucks' Aaron Rome. Savard was in contact with Horton throughout the series and said the winger was trying desperately to come back and play but knew it wasn't possible.
"I felt awful for him obviously and I talked to him a bit throughout it," Savard said. "He's a tough guy and he would've loved to get back out there the next game ... but it's a tough situation."
As for when Savard may return to action, the Bruins center didn't want to get into that. For now, he said he is focused on his health and letting his teammates bask in the glory of bringing the Cup back to Boston for the first time in 39 years.
"It's really the furthest thing from my mind right now to be honest with you," Savard said. "I just want to enjoy it here and let the boys take the spotlight here today. I'm feeling better but I still have my days and my memory is the biggest thing. My memory is not very good. Mornings are tough but besides that, I'm doing a lot better."
Savard's teammates were happy he could share this day with them and were also thinking of former teammates who helped the team get to this point.
"It's great because you think about Savvy and a lot of guys were thinking about (Mark Stuart) and guys getting traded away or (Blake Wheeler), Chucky Kobasew and (Dennis Wideman) so we obviously still stay in touch with those guys and know how hard it is to have to watch," defenseman Andrew Ference said. "We know how hard it was when Horton went down so for any of those guys and Savvy included it's nice to win it for those guys. We know how hard it is to get traded away and they're part of the team and the make-up of this team. But circumstances happened where they couldn't be on the ice at the end but we definitely share the victory with them."
Veteran forward Shawn Thornton was hoping that Savard, defenseman Shane Hnidy and others who helped make this Cup win possible would get their names on the trophy.
"I haven't seen him but he texted me a couple days ago but I haven't run into him and I'm looking forward to seeing him," Thornton said of Savard. "I hope him, everybody ... I hope (Hnidy) and everybody gets a petition to get on too. There's a lot of guys that did things that maybe didn't show up on the scoresheet to make this happen and Savvy being one of them and (Hnidy) too."
James Murphy covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.