Savard still suffering symptoms so return to Bruins still in doubt

Savard/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — He wasn’t able to fly across the continent to join his Bruins teammates in Vancouver for their Stanley Cup championship celebration, so Marc Savard did the next best thing.

The star center made the drive down to Boston from Peterborough, Ontario for the Rolling Rally parade, which was held today to honor the Bruins’ first Cup win in 39 years.

Savard rode in one of the 18 Duck Boats through the streets of Boston. Although he was part of the team today, he didn’t want to make any predictions about the future of his playing career.

“Well it’s really the furthest thing from my mind right now to be honest with you,” he said just before the rally left TD Garden. “I just want to enjoy it here and let the boys take the spotlight here because they earned it.”

Savard was limited to just 25 games this regular season. He wasn’t ready for training camp because of post-concussion syndrome symptoms stemming from Matt Cooke’s blindside hit in March 2010. Then he suffered a second concussion as a result of a hit by Matt Hunwick this January. That concussion ended Savard’s season.

Over the last several months, he’s visited Boston to see doctor and take in a few games. But he’s still not close to 100 percent healthy.

“Yeah, I’m feeling better, but I still have my days. My memory is the biggest thing, my memory isn’t very good,” he explained. “Mornings are tough, but besides that, I’ve been doing a lot better that’s for sure.”

When pressed about his memory problems, Savard said:

“Yeah, short-term memory stuff is terrible. And hopefully that gets better.”

While Savard has struggled with his memory, his teammates and coaches haven’t forgotten him. He was close to their hearts during their drive to the Cup, which helped keep Savard’s morale up.

“That was nice. I mean they’ve always been great guys, we’ve always had a great room,” he said. “Even when I came in for a lot of games at home, you know the fans were great. I could see all the signs they had and that really lifts the team and helps my spirits too.”

It will help the Bruins’ spirits if Savard can get better. Even if he never plays again, his well-being is of concern to plenty of people inside and out of the organization.

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