Marc Savard wants to wave the flag and Bruins should bring him in

Matt Kalman
April 09, 2019 - 6:28 pm

Along with Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard brought legitimacy back to the Bruins in 2006 when the star unrestricted free agents agreed to come to Boston and join general manager Peter Chiarelli’s plan to return the Original Six franchise to prominence.

The Bruins missed the playoffs their first year with Chara and Savard as their cornerstones, just as they missed the postseason the year before, but within five years they were Stanley Cup champions.

Savard famously wasn’t able to participate in the Bruins’ Cup championship run because of post-concussion syndrome. He never played a NHL game after Jan. 22, 2011. But in the years since, and even after the Bruins traded his rights, Savard has never shied away from expressing his love for the Bruins.

On Tuesday, two days before the Bruins are scheduled to face the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first round series, Savard tweeted a suggestion to his old club.

The banner captain is a tradition that dates back at least to the magical 2011 Cup run, and over the years the honor has gone to Bruins greats and heroes of Boston, in particular survivors and first responders from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Last year shortly after Savard officially retired in January, Bruins president Cam Neely told this reporter the organization would consider honoring Savard and his contributions to the Bruins in some way. Nothing happened.

Savard had 305 points (74 goals, 231 assists) in 304 games for the Bruins. There’s no telling how great his Boston career would have been had he not been derailed by injuries. His influence on the Bruins continues because of the impact he made on Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Chara.

If Marc Savard wants to be the Bruins’ banner captain, for Game 1 or another game in the series, it’s the least the Bruins could do for one of their more recent legends.

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