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Chiarelli Gives Update on Marc Savard

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA -- This afternoon Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli told the hockey media that Boston's all-star center Marc Savard will not be joining his teammates on the ice for the start of the club's training camp.

"The latter part of the summer, he came to us and said he’s been suffering some symptoms related to post-concussion syndrome," said Chiarelli.

"He’s here. He’s being treated. He won’t be skating.

"I’ll give you updates periodically when I have information. He won’t be available to the media [and] I’ll keep you posted as I learn the news."

On March 7, 2010, Savard suffered a concussion after a blindside hit by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke. He missed 18 regular season games and six playoff games.

The Bruins forward was cleared for contact and returned to play during the Black & Gold's second round series against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Chiarelli, who said that Savard had told the team of his situation during the "last couple of weeks" didn't go into details about Marc's symptoms.

"I’m not going to get into that," he said. "[It's] just symptoms relating to post concussion syndrome.

"[The doctors] are going to be seeing him today."

Chiarelli did not think it was unusual for symptoms to reoccur.

"Yeah, there are a lot of incidents of that," said Chiarelli, who also pointed out that Savard's attitude remains positive.

"He’s in good spirits," said Chiarelli. "I’ve talked to him...and he’s anxious to get back.

"We are just being very cautious, and we’ll take it day-by-day."

As such, there is no schedule for Savard's return to the ice.

"Any time there’s this recurrence, there’s concern," said Chiarelli. "[But] he’s a very durable guy.  He’s played hurt in the past.

"He wants to come back, and we want him to be healthy."
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