Marc Savard on D&K sympathizes with what Dustin Pedroia is going through

Ryan Hannable
May 28, 2019 - 1:57 pm
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Former Bruins forward Marc Savard saw his career cut short due to post-concussion syndrome, which of course was something he wasn't in control of.

The same can be said for Dustin Pedroia and what he's going through now, as he just can't seem to stay on the field following suffering an injury to his knee and having numerous surgeries to try and make it better.

Pedroia said Monday he will return home and reevaluate what he wants to do while taking some time off.

Appearing on Dale & Keefe Tuesday, Savard was able to give some insight on what Pedroia is going through, as their situations are somewhat similar.

“It took awhile. It really did," Savard said. "It was a tough run and I understand what he’s going through right now. It definitely is not easy. You want to be there. You want to help. As a player that is all you ever knew as a kid, so it takes a long time. I don’t even know if you ever get over it. It is something I still think about on a regular basis that I wish I could have played a little bit longer and done a little more in my Boston career.

"Looking back, I am pretty fortunate and I think that is what he has to realize. He’s had a great career already. I have four beautiful kids and a great wife. I am very lucky. I cherish those things more now and I am really enjoying life. I have been able to put that chapter behind me. It took a long, long time, I have to be honest. And it is going to take him a real long time, too. I am not saying he’s done, but it’s going to take awhile. You grow up. Since street hockey, your life is devoted to being a professional athlete and all of a sudden it ends abruptly. I understand what he’s going through. It’s tough. But at the end of the day, now that I look back it was all worth it.”

Savard formally announced his retirement on January 22 of last year, a full seven years after he played his last NHL game.

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