Savard returns to Ontario home for rest

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Savard returns to Ontario home for rest

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

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.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that. 

 

Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Zdeno Chara said he is “feeling better” after going through a full practice with the Bruins, but the captain won’t be making the one game road trip to Buffalo for Saturday afternoon’s matinee game vs. the Sabres. 

Chara was going through line rushes and battle drills with the rest of his teammates while practicing for the second day in a row, but made it clear that his lower body injury hasn’t been cleared for game action yet. 

“It’s day-to-day. It feels better…yeah. But it’s still day-to-day,” said a rather laconic Chara when it came to questions about his injury. “It would feel much better [to play] than it feels [not playing].”

Claude Julien said his 39-year-old defenseman has moved into true “day-to-day” status as he nears a return after missing what will be his sixth game in a row on Saturday afternoon, but that he isn’t quite ready to go just yet.

“[Chara] and [Noel] Acciari won’t be on the trip,” said Julien. “I think [Chara] is getting pretty close. When you see him at practice things are going pretty well for him. I think that the term day-to-day is fitting for him right now. A lot of times when we say day-to-day we don’t know whether it’s going to be two days, three days or even a week. But in his case I would say that day-to-day is really day-to-day now with him.” 

One thing the Bruins can be heartened by is that they’ve managed to survive without Chara: the B’s have gone 2-2-1 and allowed just nine goals in the five games since their No. 1 defenseman went down. They have been able to continue collecting points in sometimes ugly, workmanlike fashion. 

That gives the Bruins the luxury of not rushing their D-man along before he’s ready and gives some of their other defensemen added confidence that they can effectively do the job with or without their 6-foot-9 stopper.