Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard is not ready to give up his fight to get back on the ice, but after reading a series of tweets he made on Monday afternoon, it doesn't look like the former All-Star center will return to the NHL anytime soon.
I tried to workout today with my trainer I felt like crap but I need to do it #battle— marc savard (@MSavvy91) October 22, 2012
For the fans that keep asking there is no comeback in the foreseeable future I miss the game it has given me everything I have today— marc savard (@MSavvy91) October 22, 2012
Trust me I will give back to the game kids hockey, OHL hockey, #illbeback— marc savard (@MSavvy91) October 22, 2012
I do in fact hope there is still a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel to play but that rest on the doctor shoulders so far #nochance— marc savard (@MSavvy91) October 22, 2012
Even though he's going through a difficult time in his life, Savard is still able to have a great attitude, which is really amazing and helps illustrate the kind of person he is.
Multiple concussions have forced Savard to play in just 41 games during the 2009-10 season, 25 in 2010-11 and none last year.
The Bruins have been one of the best offensive teams over the last four years, and they would be even more dangerous with Savard centering the team's first line.
He was one of the game's most productive players when he took a vicious hit from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke in March of 2010 that would ultimately lead to his current situation.
Take a look at Savard offensive numbers from his first three years in Boston (He also has 22 points in 25 career playoff games with the Bruins).
The Bruins have not had a point-per-game player since Savard accomplished the feat during the 2008-09 season, although young forward Tyler Seguin is expected to become this type of player in the near future.
As he mentioned in his tweets, Savard will continue to make an impact on the game, and you can bet that he will always be in the minds of the current Bruins players and someone who motivates them to win championships.
It's always hard to see a player's career end because of an injury, but after more than a year away from the sport, plus the fact that he's 35 years old, Savard will probably never play for the Bruins again.
Even though it's hard to imagine Savard returning to the NHL, when you consider the toughness and strength he has, you have to give him a chance.
Nicholas Goss is a Boston Bruins columnist at Bleacher Report. He was also B/R's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston and has covered the Bruins since the 2010-11 season. Follow him on Twitter.