Savard won’t be lacing up the skates for the B’s any time soon, but he noted that he’s truly happy with his life, although he admits he often wants to get back on the ice. The 34-year-old remains unsure about what the future holds when it comes to hockey, though.
“Right now, the way I’m still feeling and the daily issues I’m having, it’s tough to see a bright future right now, to be honest with you. It’s tough,” Savard said. “I still have my tough days that I want to get back and play, but at the end of the day, I know if I possibly got hit again, what could happen. It’s a day by day thing, still. I’m still hoping that something happens and I feel a lot better, but if I feel like this, I still couldn’t play.”
Savard plans to take the whole year to gauge himself and see where he’s at healthwise before making any decision regarding a potential retirement. He said the biggest issue he’s facing in his daily life is with his short-term memory.
While he might not be in the locker room too often, the Bruins center said he remains in touch with many of his teammates, and expressed excitement about being back around the Garden for Saturday’s game.
When it comes to NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan‘s attempts to cut down hits to the head across the league, Savard is a big fan of the way things have evolved. In fact, he’s even grown a bit tired of hearing about it.
“I think the league’s done a great job. I think even though I’m one of the guys with the concussions and out of hockey today, I think the focus has been a little too much, though, at the end of the day,” Savard said. “I know that sounds weird to hear, but I get in the car every day, and I’m almost getting sick of hearing about it.
“It seems like every day there’s something else. But I think at the end of the day, too, Brendan Shanahan’s done a wonderful job, and I think I tweeted before, and I got some comments back, that I think I was misunderstood. I don’t want his job. I don’t think anybody wants his job. He’s never right. But at the end of the day, too, I think about this head shot rule, Rule 48 or whatever it’s called, and I think at the end of the day, maybe it just needs to be 10 games or more.”
Savard also showed appreciation for having his name engraved on the Stanley Cup and receiving a ring, despite appearing in just 25 games last season.
“I mean, obviously it was tough last year not to be a true part of being there, because, you know, I thought I could have helped at times, too,” he said. “But I was excited, and when I sit back and look at it right now, if I don’t ever play again, I am happy. I guess I went out a winner, too. I’m on the Stanley Cup, I got a ring, and a lot of credit to Peter Chiarelli and the organization for doing that for me. That was unexpected but very nice. So, at the end of the day, I had a decent career if I don’t play again, and I’m enjoying what I’m doing right now.”
It would certainly be nice to see Savard make a return at some point. For now, though, Bruins fans can at least find solace in the fact that the forward’s health is improving, and he’s able to enjoy life. After all, hockey isn’t everything.