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Report: Bruins considering shutting down Marc Savard

02.01.11 at 8:06 am ET
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In a phone conversation with ESPN.com, Bruins’ general manager Peter Chiarelli said that his team is considering putting an end to Marc Savard’s season after the forward suffered his fourth career concussion.

“There is a strong possibility [of shutting him down], but you have to take it step by step,” said Chiarelli regarding Savard, who will be in Boston to be re-evaluated Wednesday. Chiarelli noted that the team still might not have a determination regarding Savard’s immediate future following the upcoming round of tests.

Savard is still at his home in Peterborough, Ont., having continued to experience symptoms from his latest concussion, suffered on Jan. 22.

“There is a possibility [of shutting Savard down], but nothing has been done and you have to see how Marc is,” Chiarelli said. “Anytime you suffer a concussion, after having a severe concussion and the symptoms that he had, it is a possibility.” If the Bruins do shut down Savard, he would be placed on long-term injured reserve, allowing some salary cap flexibility if the team was to purse a deal before the trade deadline.

Speaking at the Bruins’ practice Monday, B’s coach Claude Julien updated Savard’s situation.

“He still has some symptoms. It hasn’t totally disappeared,” explained Julien. “We’ll let the medical people deal with him when he gets back. Hopefully for his sake, not the team’s sake, but more for his sake that he gets better.

“It’s important for the individual here that he takes care of himself. The organization, medical staff, upper management and everybody has always done the right thing as far as that’s concerned, and that won’t change.”

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