On Tuesday, during his now daily update to the press, Boston Bruins center Marc Savard
was asked if he would play against the Flyers tonight.
"I am not playing [Wednesday]," he said. "I'm still on timetable and I'm still just waiting to hear from Claude."
But that doesn't mean that the all-star center wouldn't mind a crack at the Flyers.
"Yeah, that would be nice definitely. But I'm sure I'll have another chance later on," he said.
By the sounds of it, Savard will crack the lineup, soon enough.
"You know I've felt really good out there," he said of Tuesday's practice. "I got to do some power play stuff, each day I'm progressing and I feel a lot better."
However, despite persistent progress, Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has preached caution to Savard.
"He's been fantastic and he's made this process that much easier," sad Marc. "He's been patient and if anything, you know...I want to get back and he's just kind [saying] 'relax, relax'.
"He's kind of been like a father...and he's made it pretty easy."
Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien explained that clearing Savard to play will be a team effort.
"I think it’s more than [me]," said Julien. "It’s got to come form everybody, not just the coach. The General Managers, our medical people, again, they’ve cleared him, but they’ve got to say ‘You guys go ahead and go with that as well.'
"It’s got to be a group decision just like it was a group decision to kind of go through this process with him and making sure we did it the right way."
So, when will Savvy play, Coach?
"I don’t now if I can say the next couple of games," said Julien. "I’ll tell you 'soon' and I think we’re at that stage right now where we feel he’s getting pretty close."
Savard was asked if any part of his game had been slower to come around than others.
"I feel pretty good," repeated Savard. "I felt good today, especially getting on the power play and moving the puck.
"I feel like I am skating good. I've been battling with a 6-foot-5 guy [in Adam McQuaid
] everyday and that's helped out, so, you know, I'm feeling good in all areas. But still, the game is going to be a different thing.
"And no, I'm not going to have miracles my first game, which I hope maybe I do, but it's going to be a little bit of time, but hopefully I can contribute every night."
For the time being, Savard is contributing in his own unique way. Word around the Bruins locker room is that Savvy's penchant for trash talk is in mid-season form.
"I'm having fun," said Savard with a smile. "I'm just trying to get some smiles on some guys
"You know, it's been a little quiet around here lately, and hopefully I can help out even in that way."