Patience might be a virtue, but it has basically been thrown out the window by most in today’s society.
People pay more for their ticket so they can board the airplane first, they throw their cars in all sorts of directions so they can get to a gas pump rather than be second in line and use drive-thru windows for everything from food to dry cleaning.
That’s all well in good. If you’re idea of better being faster, more power to you. But there’s still one realm where people should never be in a rush — and that’s jumping to conclusions about another person’s medical status.
In this case, of course, I’m talking about Bruins center Marc Savard. As of this afternoon, Bruins head coach Claude Julien said Savard had not yet made it to Boston from his Peterborough, Ontario home because of the weather. When he does return from his mini-vacation, Savard is expected to meet with team doctors to determine the next steps to take in his life and career in the aftermath of a second concussion in 10 months and fourth in his NHL career.
Julien was asked about any internal discussions the Bruins have had about Julien’s status, and he said he hasn’t been involved in those talks and is more interested in seeing what the doctors have to say. Earlier this week, general manager Peter Chiarelli told several media outlets the team is considering shutting the center down for the season. That is no surprise considering Savard’s current health state and the point we’ve reached in the season.
If there’s one thing we know for certain when it comes to head injuries, regardless of the player, it’s that we don’t know how things will play out. And no one but the doctors and Savard himself will be able to draw up a plan going forward. That means, no conclusions can be drawn until the next doctor’s appointment.
These calls from people who aren’t doctors, and aren’t Savard, for the player to retire or even shut it down for the season are ridiculously premature. Are the odds in favor right now of Savard being done for the season. Of course they are, both because of his condition and the position the team is in. The Bruins’ brass has been first-class all the way when it comes to Savard’s travails and said all the right things about putting his well being first. Deep down though, they have to also be thinking that Savard probably doesn’t have much left to offer them this season. It took him more than a month to get on track toward playing up to his pre-concussion form before this last hit. So how long would it take him to shake off the rust the next time around?
As far as retirement, there’s no doubt it’s an option on the table as well. But again, unless you’re professionally certified to determine the risks Savard — and medical cases are always specific to one person — faces down the road and if he can ever perform at a level he deems acceptable, you have no right to tell him to hang them up. Like all professional athletes, Savard is proud, he has worked impossibly hard and is living a dream that’s not easily surrendered.
Only he, and his doctors, can weigh the pros and cons of continuing that dream.
So until rock-hard information from the proper people is revealed about Savard, all we should be doing is hoping he comes around and the Bruins are able to make do without him. Playing doctor in writing or on TV and telling Savard what he should do from afar is just a way to fill bandwidth or air time. Savard, the doctors and the Bruins are in wait-and-see mode, which is where we should all be.