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Marc Savard: 'Tough to see a bright future right now'

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  January 21, 2012 11:33 AM

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Marc Savard remains hopeful that his condition will change and allow him to attempt a comeback. But Savard, who is visiting TD Garden today, acknowledged such a future is a longshot.

“Right now, the way I’m still feeling and the daily issues I’m having, it’s tough to see a bright future right now,” Savard said. “It’s tough. I still have my tough days.”

Savard’s symptoms include headaches and memory loss. Savard said he is not dealing with depression currently.

Savard is serving as an assistant coach for son Zachary’s midget team.

Savard was shut down after being hit last year by former teammate Matt Hunwick. Savard said that hit added to the jolt he received from Deryk Engelland the previous week.

Savard is not expected to retire. He is signed through 2016-17 at a $4,007,143 annual cap hit. If Savard retires, he would not be eligible to receive his pay.

“When I sit back and look at it right now, if I don’t ever play again, I’m happy,” Savard said. “I’m on the Stanley Cup. I got a ring. Lot of credit to Peter Chiarelli and the organization for doing that for me. That was unexpected. I had a decent career if I don’t play again. I enjoy what I’m doing right now.”


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