Re: Savard - just curious
posted at 1/12/2011 11:04 AM EST
In Response to Re: Savard - just curious
[QUOTE]I'm sorry, the NHL doesn't wait for anyone! Your right BB, the speed isn't the same. That's why Savard belongs there. He is playing at that level and probably will be at that level for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. I look at it as a lost year for him. In the meantime, if he is in the A, then PC has cap room to improve this team with guys that are ready to play. Whether it is getting another d man or a big center that can bang, I just think that Savy and the Bruins are better off with him trying to regain his old form down on the farm. Then next year you determine if he is NHL ready and the Bruins will have the cap space with their expiring contracts. At the very least, Savy should not be on the first line. Every line he has been on has been brought down. If the Bruins decide to waste his salary in the NHL, it should be on the fourth line. It is of no fault of Savard's, but his brain has been damaged and is not allowing his body to do what it once did. I have said it on other posts, he should seriously consider retirement.
Posted by MeanE[/QUOTE]
Don't think the "farm' will work. A couple other things first.
Savard isn't playing terribly, he's just way off Savard standards. Not having him in the lineup does not make this team better. He's been a top level offensive threat his entire hockey playing life, and because he's suffered a serious injury, he's got to "play' himself back to form. Most would agree, his play has dipped solely due to injury, not father time, so you gotta give him ice time to properly guage whether it's possible for him to come back. If it's purely diminished skill, it's an entirely different scenario.
If he's completely symptom free, which I feel he must be, it's all about confidence, and confidence is a huge, huge factor.
For a player like Savard, confidence equals points. He's got to get his points, plain and simple. He can play responsible, he can contribute maybe in some other way, but he knows he's expected to get lots of points, and until that starts to happen, he'll be fragile.
He's emotionally broken. He knows he was shopped. He knows he's not scoring, and he knows he's not getting any younger. He's just as worried as everyone else, that maybe he won't ever get it back. More so, i'm sure.
He's in a place he's never been in, his entire life, and if he can get it back, he needs a lot of help. That's gotta start with the organization, and the fans, cuz to this poster, he's immoveable right now, not because of his money short term, nor his injury, but the length of his contract, coupled with the inability to project his value over that term.
For now, he's gotta get his minutes, and we'll just have to see what happens. If he bounces back great. I sure hope he does. A demotion to the farm, or riding the bench can only hinder that potential.