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Chiarelli: Loss of Savard ‘devastating’

03.12.10 at 6:53 am ET
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Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said before Thursday’s game that center Marc Savard will likely miss the rest of the season as a result of the Grade 2 concussion he suffered against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. That assessment came after Savard met with MGH neuropsychologist Kelly McInnis and showed little improvement in his symptoms since suffering the Matt Cooke hit.

“There is a good chance that Marc may be out for the rest of the year,” Chiarelli told reporters. “He is one of our best players, so it is devastating to us.”

Savard’s mother, Rollande Savard, told the Ottawa Citizen that she was incensed by the hit and the failure to suspend Cooke.

“It’s just so hard to see that. I really thought he was dead and I saw the stretcher come out,” she told the paper. “If I would have been there, I would have hit him myself. [Cooke] tried to take Marc out. He should be out. That kid shouldn’t be playing. He should be penalized. We all know it shouldn’t be allowed in the game and we hear this stuff about new rules taking effect next year.

“That’s bull. Do something now. That guy [Cooke] is laughing at everyone. My son could be out forever. Who knows? With this Matt Cooke, do something right now. He’s hit guys like that before. He has a track record.”

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