Sunday, February 6, 2011
Source: Savard done for season
By Joe McDonald
Boston Bruins center Marc Savard will be shut down for the remainder of the 2010-11 season because of ongoing problems with concussions, according to a team source. An official announcement is expected from the team on Monday.
General manager Peter Chiarelli declined to comment on Savard's status on Sunday, but early last week Chiarelli admitted to ESPNBoston.com that there was a "strong possibility" Savard's season was over.
Earlier Sunday, at the conclusion of the Bruins' practice, coach Claude Julien said there was no update on Savard.
Savard, along with his agent, Larry Kelly, met with Chiarelli this weekend after undergoing further tests.
Savard suffered his most recent concussion on Jan. 22 against the Avalanche in Colorado when his head hit the bottom of the glass after a clean hit by former teammate Matt Hunwick. In fact, it was the second such hit he suffered in a week's time after he was hit by Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland early in the third period on Jan. 15 at TD Garden.
Prior to last weekend's All-Star break, the team decided to send him home to rest before bringing him back to Boston this week.
Savard is expected to be placed on long-term injured reserve, which would clear cap room in order for Chiarelli to acquire another impact player via trade if the GM believes the team needs it.
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