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Marc Savard joins Dale and Keefe to talk Bruins

Sara Civian
April 12, 2018 - 6:31 pm

Former Bruin Marc Savard has been easing himself back into the hockey world with some recent appearances on Sportsnet in Canada, and it doesn’t take much more than a soul and access to Google to see why this is great news. Savard went through self-proclaimed hell after post-concussion symptoms ended his career, and now he’s on the upswing.

Apparently Toronto Sun writer Steve Simmons is missing a soul, Google, or both. Simmons, who authored the infamous, untrue Phil Kessel hot dog story and threw a tantrum when Patrice Bergeron wasn’t available after practice Wednesday, criticized Savard for ‘disappearing’ in a recent column.

"Marc Savard basically disappeared when his career ended in Boston," Simmons wrote. "Media called. Nobody answered. Now suddenly Savard is a media guy. My advice: If he calls, don’t answer"

Savard responded in a Twitter post Sunday with something anyone who covers hockey should already know, but Simmons apparently couldn’t understand.

"I've never been one to let negative media posts get to me but this one has hurt because for me this is extremely personal," Savard wrote. "After my concussions in 2011, I spent many years dealing with some serious mental health issues and post-concussion symptoms. I did not withdraw myself from hockey or the hockey world by choice. I was not in a good place!”

He jumped on Dale and Keefe Thursday and opened up about the whole thing.

“In the game of hockey you take some shots and you try to just get on the ice [and ignore it],” he said. “That one really stung though. What I’ve been through, he doesn’t know. He doesn’t see my day-to-day life -- I wasn’t in a good spot. So maybe I didn’t return his call, I don’t even remember him calling. I wasn’t in a good spot then, now I am. I feel better than I have in a long time. That’s why you’re seeing more of me.”

After offering the explanation almost everyone -- especially Bostonians -- didn’t need, he got to talk some hockey. He praised the Bruins for never pressuring him to play after his concussion, and for ultimately telling him he’s probably “had enough.” Then he reflected on the 2017-18 run.

“I gotta be honest, I never saw this coming -- I don’t think anyone did,” he said. “The job Bruce Cassidy’s done is fantastic. As a whole, this is a big time team, and depth is phenomenal. If they can get through the first round, the toughest I think, [could] see them in the final.”

Savard has Bruins vs. Jets in his Cup Final. Of course, he hopes the Bruins can pull it off.

“I made my decision to sign in Boston back in the day and I always loved the city,” he said. I fell in love with the fans and the org when I got there. Putting that jersey on every night was a special thing I’ll never forget.”

As much inconsistency as there’s been surrounding suspensions this season, he said he’s happy with how the NHL and the players are working towards eliminating headshots.

“I think they’re doing a great job, I really do. The suspensions have been warranted this year, they’ve given some good ones,” he said. “The guys have been patrolling it this year and taking initiative on their own. I’m really happy there’s a rule now to prevent it.”

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