Boston, MA --
Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard
returned to the Bruins locker room on Saturday morning, but unfortunately he will not be part of the B's lineup when the club plays the Florida Panthers in tonight's exhibiton game at TD Garden.
"I am not close to one hundred percent," said Savard, who will be out for an indefinite period with post-concussion like symptoms. "But it is good to be back and be around the guys and just see everybody.
"I am still a little ways a way," explained the B's all-star center. "I am going to take my time and make sure I am good."
"I am just going to take it slow here and hopefully being around the guys and getting the help that I need right now, it will help."
Savard said that during the summer, symptoms began to creep back into his life.
"I just kind of went home after the season and took a month off," he said. "I started working out and everything was going really well.
"[Then] I had some issues...[and] I just kind of kept quiet I guess and just kept going."
Savard said that in early August, while playing golf with his agent, he did not feel right.
"I had some issues and I finally just started telling him about what was going on, and kind of went on from there," he said.
Savard said those issues include "some post concussion things, some dizzy spells...and stuff that I normally do, I am having some troubles [with]."
Marc also pointed to the B's playoff series with Philadelphia as a possible turning point.
"I had huge fatigue problems, during that series where I think when [David Krejci
] Krejci got hurt, that really hurt me," said Savard of the increased playing time.
"I pretty much should have been sitting with [the press] after that.
"I didn’t really have anything left."
Asked what had been the toughest issue to deal with during the ensuing months, Savard said, "the depression part. Obviously. That has probably been the toughest."
It was clear that being away from the team has also hurt Savard and he talked about the rumors that had him missing the whole season.
"I hope not," said Savard. "That’s not where I am looking at, but I am definitely going to take my time and make sure that I am one hundred percent in every aspect before I think about playing."
Savard said that being out for all of 2010-11 hasn't been discussed.
"No, that is definitely not a thought," he said. "I definitely want to get back, like I said I am going to take it step by step."