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Marc Savard to meet with Claude Julien, Peter Chiarelli to determine status vs. Lightning 12.02.10 at 12:24 pm ET
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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.”

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Bruins consider Marc Savard day-to-day 12.01.10 at 2:33 pm ET
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Bruins coach told reporters in Philadelphia that the status of forwards Marc Savard and Marco Sturm is the “same old,” though in speaking about Savard revealed that the center is close to a return.

“He’s become almost a day-to-day situation with different reasons for holding him back. I think that decision will hopefully come sooner [rather] than later,” Julien said. “We’re looking forward to having him in our lineup, and he’s looking better every day.”

Savard will not play on Wednesday against the Flyers, though the possibility exists that he could play Thursday at home vs. the Lightning or in Toronto on Saturday night.

Asked about the possibility of returning by Saturday, Savard on Tuesday was hopeful that such a scenario would play out.

‘€œThat would be a lot of fun,” Savard said. “Hopefully I can get in by then.’€

Savard has not played a game this season, as he was kept out of training camp with post-concussion symptoms.

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Marc Savard hopes to return by Saturday 11.30.10 at 1:48 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins center Marc Savard reiterated on Tuesday that he will not be playing when the B’s take on the Flyers in Philadelphia on Wednesday. He noted that though he’s not ready to get back into games just yet, he isn’t feeling particularly behind in any areas.

“I feel like I’m skating good, and battling with a 6-foot-5 guy [Adam McQuaid] every day, that’s helped out. I’m feeling good in all the areas. Still, the game’s going to be a different thing. I’m not going to have miracles in the first game, which I hope maybe I do. It’s going to be a little bit of time, but hopefully I can contribute every night.”

Asked about Saturday night’s game, Savard said, “That would be a lot of fun. Hopefully I can get in by then.”

Savard has been out all season with post-concussion symptoms.

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Peter Chiarelli says Bruins have salary cap room to activate Marc Savard when he’s ready 11.29.10 at 7:20 pm ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday night that in moving the contract of Matt Hunwick, which they did in trading the blueliner to the Avalanche, will allow the Bruins to eventually activate center Marc Savard without going over the leagues $59.4 million salary cap.

“This was one of the steps that we had to take as an organization to take care of the cap situation,” Chiarelli said of the trade, which landed them former Boston University defenseman Colby Cohen.

“This will be enough to activate Savard when he’s ready to play,” Chiarelli added.

Savard said that he would not be playing on Wednesday and was unsure of whether he’d be able to play on Thursday.

As for how much more money the team will need to clear or how many moves it will take to put the team in position to eventually take on Marco Sturm (less than $3.5 million given how far into the season it is) when he returns, Chiarelli didn’t tip his hand. Instead, he trusted the “capologists” of the media to come up with their own theories.

“We have another move to make, and we’ll leave it at that,” he said.

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Marco Sturm still waiting to be cleared for contact at 1:59 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Marco Sturm is certainly itching to get back into games, but unlike the case of Marc Savard, it seems he’s not nearing a return to the lineup as quickly.

Sturm has yet to be cleared for contact as he recovers from a torn ACL and MCL, which he suffered during the playoffs against the Flyers. He admittedly had a setback that came as a result of his traveling with the team to Belfast and the Czech Republic to begin the season.

“Just all the traveling set me back for a few weeks here,” Sturm said Monday, “So I’m just trying to catch up.”

Sturm never actually had to stop working out while overseas, but he said that the flying, as well as all of the walking in Europe led to swelling in his knee.

“It’s tough to say [whether I regret going on the trip],” Sturm said. “I think it was good because it got me closer to the guys, but it was tough because everyone went, all the doctors went too, so they always wanted me around there. We kind of knew it, too. We were hoping to battle it through, but it didn’t work out that well.”

The 32-year-old free-agent-to-be said that he does not have any doctors appointments planned as he looks to get cleared for contact, but he’s welcomed the opportunity to get more practice time in this week with the team. After getting back on the ice following a recent encounter with the flu, Sturm sees the physical aspect as the next hill he must conquer.

“It’s more the battle now, but I’m still not doing it, so that’s why I still have to wait a little bit,” Sturm said. “But that’s my last step to go, is to battle and get more practices with the guys, too. ”

Sturm hasn’t set a timetable on his return, and is instead focused on stringing together a positive week that could hopefully lead to contact drills.

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Marc Savard says return is ‘just around the corner,’ won’t play Wednesday at 1:18 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins center Marc Savard doesn’t know when he will make his long-awaited season debut after battling post-concussion symptoms, but said on Monday that it won’t be long before he is back. Following his third practice of the full-contact variety, Savard felt confident that he could soon be in the Bruins’ lineup.

“[It was] another good day, and a little bit of work after, and continuing to progress,” Savard, who worked on battle drills with teammate Adam McQuaid, said. “Hopefully I’m going to get in soon, just around the corner.”

Savard seemed quite sure that he would not be in the lineup when the Bruins take on the Flyers on Wednesday. Asked about his prospects of playing in Philadelphia, Savard replied, “I don’t think so. No, I’m not going to be playing Wednesday. I don’t think so.”

The center’s chances of playing on Thursday at home vs. the Lightning are also up in the air.

“I don’t know,” Savard said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”

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Mike Milbury on D&H: ‘It’s a wide-open league right now’ 11.24.10 at 1:07 pm ET
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NESN and NBC Sports hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday. The Bruins are coming off a loss to the Lightning on Monday in which they got off to a slow start and fell 3-1. “It’s a tough league, and if you’re not ready to play, you’re going to get beat,” he said. “And the Bruins clearly weren’t ready to play against Tampa. They looked as bad as they’ve looked all year.”

Added Milbury: “Maybe they’re looking ahead. It’s Florida, that’s one thing. Maybe they went golfing, maybe it was a nice day, maybe too many good-looking chicks on the street in Tampa. I don’t know. But it’s a constant challenge. It’s the art form of coaching, for me, to make sure that your team is read to go. And I think Claude Julien does by and large a real good job of that. But this time, for whatever combinations of reasons, it slipped.”

Milbury was asked if the Bruins are capable of winning the Stanley Cup this season. “It’s a wide-open league right now,” he said. “I think Chicago’s dismantling was an invitation to everybody that was close to pick it up a little, because it’s there. ‘€¦ I think it’s a pretty wide-open horse race. I think they do have the pieces.

“I’d like to see them add a defenseman,” Milbury continued. “I’d like to see them add a defenseman who can generate offense from the point, because they don’t have that right now, or the guys that they have aren’t giving that right now. And I’d also like to see them with a full roster for a little while before I make that assessment. But I think everybody would agree that when [Marco] Sturm comes back and [Marc] Savard comes back, they’re a better team for it. It’s going to cause some shuffling of lines and some disruption and that may take a little while to settle down. But when it’s all said and done, they’re two pretty good players. And any time you can put good players in the lineup, you’re going to get better. The goaltending has been outstanding.

“Yeah, I have to agree with Dale that they have the stuff to get there. I’m not calling them the odds-on favorite, but if it all comes together at the right time, they have a a chance. No question.”

Milbury reminisced about one-time Bruins coach Pat Burns, who died last week at the age of 58 after a lengthy battle with cancer, and said Burns should have been elected to the Hall of Fame this year.

“It was a shame that there wasn’t common sense going around in plenty at the meeting of the Hall of Fame selection committee,” he said. “Everybody knew Pat was not well and time was running short. ‘€¦ Wouldn’t somebody just stand up and say, ‘Come on, guys. He’s going in the Hall of Fame. He’s dying. Let’s get him in before he goes. Let’s have him has his day in the sun so he can really relish it.’ They missed the boat on that. And I don’t get it. I just don’t get why somebody who is that qualified to be in the Hall of Fame ‘€” and I think he is, and almost everybody I talk to feels the same way ‘€” and I just don’t get why they wouldn’t have honored him under these circumstances.”

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