Peter Chiarelli discussed the future of Marc Savard:
“Based on what I see, what I hear, what I read, and what I’m told, it’s very unlikely Marc will play again,” said the Bruins' GM. “Now, knowing the uncertainty of this injury, there’s always a chance. But based on what I’m told, it’s very unlikely he will play. As an employer, I support him and hope he gets back to living a healthy life.”
This just confirms what most of us have expected for some time now, but it doesn't make it any less sad. Marc Savard was an speedy, exciting player who was all smiles. Savard was that 30 year old veteran who still had the face of a 20 year old. He had the perfect mix of veteran savvy and youthful exuberance.
Let it go down in the history books that it wasn't just the signing of Zdeno Chara that turned this franchise around. It was the fact that they looked to make a commitment to offense as well. The Bruins signed both Savard and Chara on July 1st 2006, the first day of free agency, and since then this team has been on the fast track to the NHL's elite. Marc Savard was an All-Star player who regularly finished Top 5 in Assists, he was that top of the line passer who could make lesser talent appear to be at his level.
Savard, along with Chara and young forward Patrice Bergeron, would become The Bruin's identity. They were the hope for the future. Before Krejci, Lucic, and Horton could come to Boston and have their success, Savard, Bergeron, and Chara laid down the foundation. They provided hope to a franchise that was desperate for success, and a fan base that was beginning to lose hope.
Marc Savard may not have played a single playoff game for the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, but make no mistake about it, The Bruins don't win this Cup without Savard helping to turn this franchise around.