Chiarelli: Savard will get his name on Stanley Cup

Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard will get his name on the

Stanley Cup after all.

General manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday at the team’s

charity golf tournament that Savard’s name will be inscribed on the

trophy with his teammates. Savard played in only 25 games last

season because of post-concussion syndrome and missed the entire

playoffs as the Bruins won their first NHL title since 1972.

According to the guidelines posted on the NHL website, to get on

the Cup a player must play at least 41 games in the regular season

or one in the Stanley Cup finals. In 1994, the league added a

clause that would allow a team to petition the commissioner for

permission to have other players listed in extenuating

circumstances.

Chiarelli said the request had been granted.

That’s the good news for Savard, who did not play after a Jan.

22 hit from Colorado’s Matt Hunwick – Savard’s second concussion in

10 months. Chiarelli said Savard will not play this season,

either.

”He’s not in a good spot still. He still has recurring

headaches; he still has post-concussion stuff,” Chiarelli said.

”He’s not playing this year. Frankly, I don’t think he’ll play

again. That’s my opinion, my layperson’s opinion.”

His teammate said they will miss his scoring touch – he averaged

90 points in the four seasons before he missed large chunks of time

with the injuries – and his presence in the locker room.

”It’s tough to hear, obviously,” Bruins forward Patrice

Bergeron said. ”He’s one of your friends and you want him to do

well and come back at 100 percent. I’m happy they’re doing that,

not risking his health. That said, it’s sad to see.”

The Bruins had better news on forward Nathan Horton, who was

knocked out of the Stanley Cup finals against Vancouver with a

bone-jarring – and late – hit from Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome in

Game 3. Rome was suspended for the rest of the series.

Horton, who did not play again, made an emotional return to the

TD Garden in street clothes in Game 6, drawing cheers from the

crowd. As his teammates knocked their sticks against the boards,

fans chanted his name and waved signs encouraging the Bruins to

”Win it for Horton.”

”I feel good,” he told reporters at the golf tournament. ”I

just started skating, so it hasn’t been that long on the ice. But

I’ve been working out for a long time.”

Horton, who was second on the team with 26 goals in the regular

season, scored the goals that clinched two seven-game series this

postseason – in the first round against the Montreal Canadiens and

in the third against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He had said he has

not watched replays of the hit since he was in the hospital.

”I get asked a lot how I’m doing and that’s nice,” he said.

”But I don’t watch it.”

The Bruins open training camp on Friday, completing the shortest

summer in franchise history. Players spent the summer celebrating

their championship and hosting the Stanley Cup in their

hometowns.

Defenseman Johnny Boychuk said he brought the Cup to Children’s

Hospital in Edmonton, and to his parents’ house. Although he was

used to being recognized in Boston, he said, he was also stopped on

the street in Edmonton, and by the manager at the local grocery

store there.

”You want to kind of keep the party going,” forward Milan

Lucic said. ”But there is a time that you need to come back and

start focusing on next season. obviously, that point is now.”

At a ”State of the Bruins” town hall with season

ticket-holders on Monday night, owner Jeremy Jacobs said there’s no

reason the team can’t repeat.

”A person once said, ‘Winning isn’t everything.’ I don’t think

that person every lifted that Cup,” owner Jeremy Jacobs told the

crowd at the TD Garden. ”Everybody loved this year. It was

spectacular. And hopefully we’re able to deliver on it. We’ve got

the same team, the same organization. They know what it takes to

win now.”

AP freelancer Matt Kalman contributed to this story from

Boston.

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