Boston Bruins center Marc Savard has been cleared by the team and will make his long-awaited return Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, according to a team source.
As Savard spoke to the media after an optional skate Thursday morning at TD Garden, it was clear that the Bruins center, who has not played this season due to post-concussion syndrome, was itching to be in the lineup against the Lightning Thursday night.
"I think at the end of the day, skating every day and after practice and stuff, it gets long and gets a little monotonous, because you're doing the same thing," said Savard, who also thanked the team brass, medical staff and coaches for not letting him rush back. "When I am able to play, I can't wait. It's going to be an exciting time."
The team gave him that clearance just a few hours before gametime. It is unclear how much ice time Savard will see.
Savard said earlier Thursday he is looking forward to the possibility of playing with rookie Tyler Seguin on his wing. Savard compared Seguin's speed to that of former teammate and linemate Phil Kessel, who is now with the Maple Leafs.
"From watching him he reminds me a lot of Phil with the speed and stuff like that," Savard said. "That's a guy that I can obviously take advantage of if he's with me. It would be nice. He's a good kid and he's improving every day."
James Murphy contributed to this report.