Marc Savard missed out on the Bruins' run to the Stanley Cup, playing just 25 games this season while suffering from post-concussion syndrome that has jeopardized his career.
But his teammates made a point to mention him often during their 25-game postseason journey to their first championship since 1972. Yesterday the playmaking center joined them in their "rolling rally" through the city.
"It was tough watching sometimes and not being out there, but in the same sentence, I'm happy for the organization and the staff and everyone who put the time in and got rewarded this year," said Savard, who spoke with reporters before the Bruins boarded the duck boats at TD Garden.
Because of the lingering symptoms from the two concussions he suffered in a nine-month span, Savard could not travel to Vancouver to watch the Bruins' 4-0 victory over the Canucks in Game 7
"It was a long flight [to Vancouver], stuff like that," said Savard. "It was a weird feeling. I kind of was around for a couple games at home and I didn't want to stick my nose in the [locker] room, I didn't want to take any of the spotlight away from any of the guys that worked so hard."
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday he intends to consider petitioning to have Savard's name engraved on the Cup. League rules stipulate that a player must participate in 41 regular-season games or one game in the Final to be so honored.
Savard said he was grateful for that gesture, as well as frequent reminders from Bruins fans that he hasn't been forgotten.
"I saw all the signs the fans had wishing me well and that they didn't forget about me, and that really lifted my spirits," he said. "That was nice."
Savard rode on the same duck boat as Nathan Horton, who missed the final four games of the Final after suffering a concussion on a late hit by the Canucks' Aaron Rome in Game 3.
"I felt awful for him," Savard said. "Horty's a tough guy and he wanted to get back out there, but obviously a concussion is a tough situation."
Regarding his own health, Savard acknowledged he's still suffering from aftereffects, including short-term memory loss.
"I'm feeling better, but I still have my days," he said.