Both Sidney Crosby and Marc Savard are suffering from post concussion syndrome. At just 24 years of age and entering his 7th NHL season, Crosby hasn’t been on the ice since January when he two back to back headshots and has been feeling “foggy”. Savard is even worse, he has been on and off the ice since October 2010 battling back to back concussions. He is 34 years old and has had 14 NHL seasons. He has already been shut down for the entire 2011-12 season and you have to wonder is he done?
Sid the Kid has been a savior in helping bringing back fans to hockey. Since hockey came back from the lost season, Sid’s presence and game changing ability has made him a star in this league and you can see how much he means to his team, just look at the standings. The Penguins are a much better team with him. Love him or hate him, and believe me a lot of people hate him, losing him for an entire season will definitely hurt the game. As young stars such as John Tavares and Steven Stamkos become household names, they just don’t bring the recognition that Crosby brings to the game. Like it or not, Sid and Ovechkin propel this league and when they are not playing there is a difference in how the sport is not only appreciated by fans but also it’s coverage on a national level.
The Savard story is heartbreaking to me. Not many people know who he is and the fact that he has played in less than 10 games in a season and a half has hurt his chances of ever coming back to hockey is pretty slim, much less hopeful than Crosby. He has always been a fan favorite at each of his stops in the NHL, the Rangers, Flames, Thrashers and most recently the Bruins. Since 2007 he has been a points leader season after season, and was considered as one of the top assist men in the league. The quote I saw that spurred this post though was Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli quote (from Wikipedia):
On August 31, 2011, it was announced that Savard had been shut down for the 2011-2012 season by GM Peter Chiarelli. Chiarelli was quoted as saying “Based on what I see, what I hear, what I read, and what I’m told, it’s very unlikely Marc will play again”.
That is such a sad quote to see in print. I mean it’s on everyone’s mind, but when you see it in print it really hits you. I can only hope that Marc’s PCS will not torment him like it did Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien. As for Crosby as incomprehensible as it seems, he might not be far behind Savard especially if he comes back and experiences a second concussion like Savard did.
As for their cards Savard’s autographed cards run about $5 and Sid’s cards are still hanging tough at around $150 – $200. You have to wonder though, if this really the end of the line for Sid, will his card values decline? Or remain high?