When Marc Savard took a gruesome, blind-side hit to the head from Matt Cooke two seasons ago, he was sent into a whirlwind that—by all indications thus far—may have ultimately ended his career as an NHL player.
Savard tried to come back during the Eastern Conference semifinals that year, a series that saw his Bruins blow a 3-0 lead in one of the most notorious collapses in playoff history.
Since that fateful season, though, the Bruins have seen incredible success without Savard in the lineup. They saw the emergence of Tyler Seguin. They acquired forwards like Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley to perfectly fill the voids in their lineup.
They won the Stanley Cup, and they rattled off an unbeaten November the following season to state their case as defending champions of the league.
With the unparalleled success that the Bruins have enjoyed over the past year and a half, it is easy to forget just how much this organization misses Savard.