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Monday, October 18, 2010
Savard has begun skating on his own

By Joe McDonald

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard, who has been suffering from post-concussion syndrome, began skating on his own at the end of last week, and the light ice work has been going well, according to a team source.

Director of communications Matt Chmura confirmed Monday evening that Savard skated at Ristuccia Arena before the Bruins' Monday morning practice.

However, there’s still no timetable on Savard's possible return.

Savard, who had to curtail his offseason workouts this summer because of the post-concussion symptoms, initially suffered a Grade 2 concussion on a blindside hit by the Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cooke in March. He has been gradually progressing with cardio work and skating.

Prior to the team’s practice on Monday at Ristuccia, there were grooves in the freshly made sheet of ice, with a few pucks in the net and around the boards. Those grooves were made, and the pucks shot, by Savard.

His morning twirl was brief and not too strenuous, according to the team source.

At the start of training camp, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said that Savard was having symptoms related to PCS. Coach Claude Julien said last Wednesday that Savard is “behind by at least a month, month and a half, already.

With Savard and teammate Marco Sturm (knee) sidelined and still working their way back to action, a pair of rookie forwards -- Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron -- have emerged for the Bruins.

“We’re three games in and they each have a goal,” Julien said. “It’s nice to see those guys get that off their backs nice and early, and now they just have to play the game. They’ve contributed in different ways, but they’ve both been pretty good. We’ve been pleased.

“When you’ve got some key injuries, and you’ve got guys like that coming in and playing the way they have, it’s a bonus for us.”

Sturm has been continuing his off-ice workouts at Ristuccia and is progressing on schedule, Julien said. He suffered a torn MCL/ACL in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers last spring that required surgery.

“We hope to see him on the ice soon,” Julien said. “That could be anytime in the next few weeks.”