Let me start this off with saying I am a long time Ranger fan, and was a fan of Savard all the way back to his Ranger days. After the Rangers chocked on the last day of the season I decided I was going to route for The Capitals to come out of the East, but after they decided to join the Rangers in the choke club the B's have become my adopted team. The reason I say this is because even though I am rooting for the Bs, I am not blinded by my fandom.
As for Savard, I think it is a horrible decision letting him back in the line-up. I know he is a key offensive cog and a much needed part of the offense but in my opinion the risk far outweighs the reward. I know he was cleared by a doctor but a doctor also let Eric Lindros get out there time after time after time only to have his career end far too early, leaving the game a shell of his former self. Even this year with David Booth coming back too early, I would think teams would learn there lesson. I am actually pretty disgusted with the different day, same story syndrome the NHL has in general with head injuries, such a lack of respect for the players long term health. The concussion that Savard got was no joke, and he suffered some serious PCS so throwing him back in there this time of year has disaster written all over it.
The Bruins opponent in the next round is what truly bothers me more than anything else. Plain and simple, the Flyers are a dirty team. They always have been and always will be. There are 2 guarantees with every Flyers team; a bad goalie and a team filled with cheap shot artists. With Savard arguably being the Bruins most offensively talented player, do you think guys like Richards,Pronger, and Richards will pass if they have a opportunity to deliver a headshot? I doubt it.
I hope my fears are unfounded and Savard gets out of this play-off series unscathed but every time he carries the puck I will be cringing just a little bit, hoping for the best.
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