Marc Savard's condition hasn't gotten any better since suffering his second major concussion early last season, and the veteran forward is now expected to miss the entire 2011-12 regular season, and he may never play again.
"Based on what I see, what I hear, what I read, and what I'm told, it's very unlikely Marc will play again," Chiarelli said. "Now, knowing the uncertainty of this injury, there's always a chance [he could play]. But based on what I'm told, it's very unlikely he'll play. As an employer, I support him and hope he gets back to living a healthy life." (via Boston Globe)
Savard, who is signed through the 2016-17 campaign, suffered a Grade 2 concussion after a vicious hit to the head from Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He missed the rest of the regular season and returned in Game 1 of the second round of the 2010 playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers, where he scored the game-winning goal.
Unfortunately, Savard suffered another concussion - his second in ten months - in February, and was shut down for the remainder of the season, in which the Bruins went on to win the 2011 Stanley Cup.
Savard has 207 goals and 499 assists in 807 career games. In five seasons with the Bruins, Savard totaled 74 goals in 304 games. His best season came in the 2008-09 campaign, when he scored 25 goals and had 63 assists.