By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON Marc Savard has returned to his home in Peterborough, Ontario, to rest and recuperate from his latest concussion, suffered last weekend against the Colorado Avalanche.The Bruins said Savard is suffering from all-too-familiar concussion symptoms after Saturday's collision with ex-teammate Matt Hunwick in Colorado. The concussion is the fourth of his career and his second in 10 months.
Coach Claude Julien said there wont be much in the way of daily reports on Savard's progress in the coming days. No timetable has been set on a potential return.Hes gone hometo rest and thats all you can do when youve got a concussion, said Julien. Well just take it from there.Peter Chiarelli went on the radio with 98.5 The Sports Hubs Toucher and Rich on Wednesday morning, and indicated the fog hasnt yet cleated for Savard following Saturdays moderate concussion. The Bruins GM feels Savard was operating at about 75 percent capacity in the 25 games hed played with the Bs since returning, though he had looked very close to himself in the handful of games leading up to the concussion.Chiarelli also told the radio station the Bruins would only make a significant move to replace Savard on the roster if they were certain he'd be out for the balance of the season, and said that decision can't be made at this stage of Savard's recovery.His teammates hope it doesn't come to that.
Its tough. Hes a guy that Ive built a friendship and relationship with in the four years that Ive been here, said Milan Lucic. Its tough to see him go through this especially with what hes been through over the last year. Its tough to say with concussions because things can drag on even with a minor one. It can go a lot longer than you expect. We hope that we see him back again this year, but hes got to think about his health No. 1, and that he makes a full recovery. Hes got to avoid making a mistake in coming back too early where he puts his life in jeopardy.If Savard is placed on long-term injured reserve at some point, Chiarelli said former first-round pick Zach Hamill is more ready to jump into the Boston lineup than Joe Colborne when looking over their centers ready for a promotion at the AHL level. If Savard doesn't make progress, it would seem to be only a matter of time before he'd be placed on long-term injured reserve. If that happens, his 4 million cap hit would come off the B's books for this season. Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off the ice, and it appears that hell get the start against the Florida Panthers in the final regular season game prior to the NHL All-Star break. Julien said hell have a game-time decision on potentially scratching a defenseman tonight after making Mark Stuart a healthy scratch each of the last two games on the road. The Bs blueliners have been playing well as a six-man unit, but it could be Adam McQuaid that gets the healthy scratch after playing in the last couple of games for the Black and Gold.Weve got to hopefully keep Stuart going as well, so were going to try and balance that out, said Julien. Steve Kampfer said he wont need surgery on his broken nose as theres been some progress in clearing up his nasal passage for easier breathing out of his nose over the last couple of days. Kampfer will instead head back home to Michigan to take in some college hockey with a few of his NHL buddies.