Marc Savard to meet with Claude Julien, Peter Chiarelli to determine status vs. Lightning
|12.02.10 at 12:24 pm ET|
Bruins center Marc Savard will meet with general manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien Thursday afternoon to determine the Savard’s status for the team’s game against the Lightning on Thursday night.
“I don’t want to get too far ahead with predicting anything before I have an answer,” Julien said following the team’s off-ice work on Thursday. Savard was one of five players to skate Thursday morning, as he took the ice with Marco Sturm, Daniel Paille, Tuukka Rask, and Jordan Caron.
Julien did indicate that Savard has reached a point at which he is no longer adjusting or catching up in practice and workouts, and that his only remaining step in his return from post-concussion symptoms is to play.
“I think we’ve gotten as much as we can out him,” Julien said. “‘¦ He’s at that stage where he’s pretty close to have reached his max with conditioning.”
Savard, meanwhile, said he’s unsure of whether the team even considers him a game-time decision against the Lightning.
“I don’t even know if it’s that,” Savard said. “I just know that I’m meeting with them later on. ‘¦ We’ll see what happens.”
The center has missed all of the season thus far after encountering symptoms of post-concussion syndrome late in the summer. The team shut him down and kept him out of training camp to avoid worsening the condition. He has since returned to workout and taking the ice, and has been taking and receiving physical contact on the ice since last Wednesday.
Savard admitted that all of the work has seemed familiar as he’s gone through the motions over and over again, but he sees a light at the end of the tunnel.
“I think at the end of the day, skating every day and after practice and stuff, it gets long and gets a little monotonous, because you’re doing the same thing,” Savard said. “When I am able to play, I can’t wait. It’s going to be an exciting time.”