October 22, 2012
NHL notes: After 21 months, Savard still battling concussion symptoms
By QMI Agency
Twenty-one months after suffering his latest concussion, Boston Bruins centre Marc Savard still isn't close to returning.
The 35-year-old centre confirmed Monday on Twitter that his hockey future seems grim.
"For the fans that keep asking, there is no comeback in the foreseeable future," he wrote. "I miss the game. It has given me everything I have today."
Savard hasn't played since taking a hit from Colorado Avalanche defenceman Matt Hunwick on Jan. 22, 2011.
It wasn't his first concussion. Savard was blindsided on a hit by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke on March 7, 2010, returned to the lineup during the playoffs, then had a recurrence of symptoms during the summer. As a result, he sat the first two months of the 2010-11 season.
"I tried to work out (Monday) with my trainer," Savard tweeted. "I felt like crap, but I need to do it."
He said it's up to the doctors as to whether he will be able to resume his career.
KREJCI AN ANIMAL?
For the second time in as many months NHLers have been compared to livestock.
Boston Bruins centre David Krejci slammed NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in an interview with Czech publication iSport.cz.
"(Bettman) does what he wants," Krejci said. "We want to play, we're the ones who are (negotiating).
"It is unfortunate that the NHL has such a guy. It's a shame for the entire hockey world. (He) treats us like animals."
The Detroit Red Wings were fined Sept. 23 after team vice-president Jim Devellano gave an interview in which he said: "The owners can basically be viewed as the ranch, and the players, and me included, are the cattle."
SIMMONDS, STEWART MOVE UP
Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers and Chris Stewart of the St. Louis Blues are moving up a level, signing with Czech Extraliga team HC Liberec. They had been skating with a second-division German team, the Crimmitschau Ice Pirates.
"Wayne and Chris wanted to stay together and Liberec was one of a handful of elite-league teams that could add two players," agent Eustace King told USA Today.
"The guys loved playing in Crimmitschau. The fans were (among) the best they ever played in front of and the coach and management treated them first class."
New Jersey Devils defenceman Anton Volchenkov has suffered a broken bone near the arch of a foot while playing with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in the KHL. It's not known how long the 30-year-old will be sidelined. Initial reports saying he had a fractured ankle were false ... The Winnipeg Jets' Toby Enstrom has signed to play for EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian league. The 27-year-old defenceman signed a five-year contract extension with the Jets during the off-season. Pierre Page coaches the Salzburg team.