Julien: In Savard's absence, depth at C helps

February, 1, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston reported Tuesday morning that GM Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins are seriously considering shutting center Marc Savard down for the season as Savard remains in Ontario with his second concussion in less than a year. Depending on the major snowstorm crippling the Northeast, Savard was scheduled to come to Boston on Wednesday for more tests that could determine if he can return and play this season. If he can’t play, head coach Claude Julien knows center is probably the Bruins' deepest position.

“Well I think we have a lot of guys that are playing wing right now that can also play center,” Julien pointed out. “When we talked about it at the beginning of the year, Wheeler’s one of those guys and also [Brad] Marchand has played center before and we’re not necessarily really stuck in that area. We also have some guys in Providence who are prospects of ours that we feel will play in the NHL some day.”

With the trade deadline less than a month away on February 28, don’t expect the Bruins to go out and trade for another center but rather address an area of need. Julien has faith that the organization as a whole will take the money they could get from placing Savard on long-term injured reserve to it’s fullest.

"I don’t think it’s a major issue as we speak and what upper management decides to do, you know my job is to coach and their job is to make us the best team possible," said Julien. "Hopefully we can put our heads together and make this team the best team we can.”

James Murphy

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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