Popular Bruins center Marc Savard heads to St. Louis Blues as assistant coach

Matt Kalman
July 24, 2019 - 2:00 pm

He’s a beloved former Bruins center who was the fan banner captain for Game 5 of the first round series against Toronto this year.

But that hasn’t stopped Marc Savard from joining the team that crushed the Bruins’ dreams in June.

The Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues on Wednesday announced that Savard will be joining the staff of coach Craig Berube as an assistant.

Savard, 42, played his last game in the NHL with the Bruins on Jan. 22, 2011 at Colorado. Savard battled post-concussion syndrome ever since a hit to the head from Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke on March 7, 2010. He was still under contract and didn’t officially retire until January 2018.

"He was a tremendous player and possesses an elite offensive mind. His addition to our staff will be a great benefit to our players and the organization,” Berube said in a statement.

Savard played 807 NHL games and had 706 points (207 goals, 499 assists), including 305 points (74 goals, 231 assists) in 304 games for the Bruins. He scored 292 points on the power play in his career.

He should help the Blues, who ranked 10th in the regular season on the power play, but were just 13-for-80 (16.3 percent) in the playoffs.

In the years since he stopped playing, Savard has continued to thrive at golf, has coached youth hockey and worked as a broadcaster for Sportsnet. He’s also become a social media presence, although his pro-Bruins bias doesn’t always lead to correct predictions.

Savard’s popularity and production in a Bruins sweater after he was part of the franchise’s resurgence that started July 1, 2016, when he and Zdeno Chara signed with Boston as unrestricted free agents, made him a candidate to be honored by the team at some point. But now that he’s crossed over enemy lines and that ceremony will have to wait.

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