Boston Bruins center Marc Savard, who played only 25 regular-season games after suffering his second major concussion in less than a year, is still suffering the effects of post-concussion syndrome, he told TSN on Monday.
"It's obviously been a long road for me. I'm still suffering with a lot of daily issues. Right now it's been a tough go," Savard said. "I'm just trying to get through and not worry about hockey right now, just worry about my health because I have three young kids and they're important to me.
"Mornings have been tough. When I get up in the morning I'm a little foggy sometimes. But as the day wears on, I'm pretty good. Hot sun is tough; I try to stay in the shade and stuff like that and pop the odd Advil and it seems to be OK."
In a recent interview with the Boston Globe, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli didn't seem confident that Savard would play this season, and it is likely Savard will start the season on injured reserve.
"As a layperson, I'd be very surprised if Marc will be playing this coming year," Chiarelli told the Globe over the weekend.
Savard had his day with the Stanley Cup on Monday in Peterborough, Ontario, as he took Lord Stanley to a local golf course. He said he was privileged to spend a day with the Cup and was honored that Chiarelli and his teammates did their best to make him feel part of the team through their playoff run.
"Unfortunately I didn't get to play much, obviously, in the playoffs, but it's been a great ride," Savard told TSN. "GM Peter Chiarelli has done a great job in bringing in a lot of great people and players and it's added up to (the Stanley Cup). The boys battled hard, and it's tough to watch at times, that's for sure, but I'm excited and I'm glad because the guys still made me feel part of it.
"At the end of the year, it was a pretty emotional time. Peter told me that they are doing a petition to put (my name) on the Cup. That's special. That's how good of a man he's been and that's why he's gotten to where he is. He deserves everything he's had. Hopefully I get on it."
James Murphy covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.