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Chiarelli Talks Savard, Sturm & McGrattan

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- After he spoke about David Krejci on Monday, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli spoke to other issues around the Black & Gold.

First up -- Marc Savard's status.

"Nothing [new] beyond that...I talked to him [Monday] morning, and he’s starting to feel like he’s in good shape," said Chiarelli. "There hasn’t been any lingering side effects that we talked about early on in his rehab.

"He was in very good spirits, and I wouldn’t say he’s chomping at the bit yet, but I would say we’re almost at that corner to turn around.

"To me he seemed, again, timetables are difficult, but to me he seemed in good shape, good spirits. I wouldn’t say he’s close, but he’s getting there," he said.

And how about Marco Sturm? Is he still on track for early December?

"Yeah, I spoke with him...and I saw two or three of their workouts last week and [Sturm and Savard] both look good at the workouts," said Chiarelli. "Marco said that, again I don’t want to really hammer down a timetable or time frame, buy my guess is maybe the first week, first 10 days of December."

Chiarelli said the felt his team had dealt "pretty well" with the adversity they'd faced early this season. 

"With Johnny [Boychuk] out, I think Adam [McQuaid] came in and did well," said Chiarelli. "And, you know, the...adversity this year compared to what we dealt with last year is nothing.

"So I’d like to think that they’re a little hardened that way. I think they’re going to handle it well."

Chiarelli also talked about sending Brian McGrattan through waivers in order to assign him to Providence. 

"I felt it was time for him to go down there," said Chiarelli, simply. "We put him on conditioning assignment last week and frankly, it was just something that I thought we might have needed to start the year.

"I’m not saying we still won’t need him, because I spoke with him and there’s a good chance he’ll be back, but it was time to put him down [in order to] get him off the cap for one thing.

"We’ll see where it goes from there," he said.
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