Boston Bruins center Marc Savard was diagnosed with a grade two concussion Monday and is likely done for the year after Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke took a cheap shot in a game over the weekend.
Savard was third on the Bruins in scoring this season with 33 points (10 goals, 23 assists) and was +2 in over 18 minutes of ice time per night. Savard’s 17 points on the power play (six goals, 11 assists) led Boston as well. Losing Savard for any length of time is a serious blow to not only the Bruins’ playoff run, but also many fantasy teams’ depth charts.
Savard is (hopefully) not a top center on a fantasy team, but was a favorable third or fourth center to fill the holes in the schedule for week-to-week matchups. In his absense, Boston will likely be forced to play Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci more often. Krejci will continue to have minimal fantasy value, but Bergeron could be a solid waiver claim for owners losing Savard. Bergeron is only owned in 24 percent of ESPN leagues, so consider your roster depth and give Bergeron a long look.
Cooke owners should also be prepared for a suspension from the NHL soon, and it could be lengthy.