Blues hire ex-Bruin Marc Savard as assistant coach

BOSTON - OCTOBER 10: Marc Savard #91 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by teammates on the bench after his game winning goal in the overtime shootout against the New York Islanders on October 10, 2009 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

The St. Louis Blues aren't done stealing things from the Boston Bruins, it would appear, as the Blues have formally announced the hiring of ex-Bruins center Marc Savard as an assistant coach on Craig Berube's staff.

"I was fortunate to play with Marc during my career and I'm very familiar with his passion and acumen for the game," Berube said in an official release by the team. "He was a tremendous player and possesses an elite offensive mind. His addition to our staff will be a great benefit to our players and the organization."

A veteran of 13 NHL seasons between four different teams, Savard was undoubtedly at the top of his game during his five-season run with the Bruins, where he tallied 74 goals and 305 points in 304 games. Savard was also a dynamic playoff performer in his career, with eight goals and 22 points in 25 postseason contests, all with the Bruins.

But Savard's career was cut short due to two concussions in an 11-month span, the first on a blatant cheapshot from Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke in Mar. 2010, and the second on a hit from Matt Hunwick in Jan. 2011.

The Bruins brought Savard, who had coached his kids and embarked on a radio career in Canada since retiring, back to Boston as the team's fan banner captain for Game 5 of their first-round series against the Maple Leafs in 2019.

The Blues defeated the Bruins in seven games to win the 2019 Stanley Cup.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has also been a member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.