Marc Savard has been away from hockey since 2011. The former Bruins forward, who is under contract through 2017, suffered a severe concussion after taking a vicious, blindside elbow to the head from then Pittsburgh Penguin Matt Cooke.
But it appears Savard could soon be making his return to the game, just not as a player.
Chris Stevenson of “NHL Home Ice” on XM Satellite Radio is reporting Savard, whose playing days are unofficially over, will join the Ottawa 67’s junior team in the Ontario Hockey League in a scouting role.
— Chris Stevenson (@CJ_Stevenson) August 11, 2014
While Savard’s contract doesn’t expire for another three years, his status on the long-term injured reserved list allows the Bruins to pay him a smaller sum annually that won’t count against the salary cap. And according to Greg Wyshinski of Yahoo! Sports, Savard’s new role shouldn’t affect his salary cap situation.
According to CapGeek.com, the Bruins are slightly over $800,000 above next year’s salary cap. Savard’s cap hit would have come in just above $4 million, but instead, he will be paid $1.5 this year, a number that will not count against the cap.