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Marco Sturm still not close to returning to Bruins

WILMINGTON — The Bruins got good news on Marc Savard [1] on Friday, as he passed a conditioning test that will clear the center to participate in line drills and other non-contact practice scenarios. While it’s a positive step for Savard, it doesn’t seem their other long-term injury reserve resident, winger Marco Sturm [2], is on as fast a track to return to the lineup.

“He is… I would say he’s a little bit away,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said of Sturm’s progress when asked on Friday.

Sturm is recovering from a torn ACL and MCL suffered against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. His rehab hit a bit of a snag when he travelled with the team to Belfast and the Czech Republic to begin the season.

‘€œI think all the traveling to Europe, I think all that didn’€™t really help.,’€ Sturm said in late October [3]. ‘€œBut the whole team went, and I wanted to go too. It was good, but all the traveling, it didn’€™t help too much and that’€™s why I think [the rehab] has gone back a couple of weeks.’€

Sturm led the Bruins in goals last season with 22.