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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Bruins GM: Marc Savard won't play

ESPNBoston.com

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday he does not expect Marc Savard to play this season and doubts the center will ever play hockey again.

"Marc Savard won't play this year," Chiarelli told the Boston Globe. "Nothing has changed in our monitoring. He'll be examined and he'll be declared unfit to play."

Savard has not played since suffering his second major concussion in less than a year on Jan. 22 and is still suffering from the effects of post-concussion syndrome.

Chiarelli told the Globe that Savard has not been examined recently by team doctors but was not expecting the condition to change. Savard is not expected to report to the team when training camp starts in mid-September.

"Based on what I see, what I hear, what I read, and what I'm told, it's very unlikely Marc will play again," Chiarelli said. "Now, knowing the uncertainty of this injury, there's always a chance (he could play). But based on what I'm told, it's very unlikely he'll play. As an employer, I support him and hope he gets back to living a healthy life."

Savard had his day with the Stanley Cup on Aug. 1 in Peterborough, Ontario, taking it to a local golf course. He said he was privileged to spend a day with the Cup and was honored that Chiarelli and his teammates did their best to make him feel part of the team through their playoff run.

"Unfortunately I didn't get to play much, obviously, in the playoffs, but it's been a great ride," Savard told TSN. "GM Peter Chiarelli has done a great job in bringing in a lot of great people and players and it's added up to (the Stanley Cup). The boys battled hard, and it's tough to watch at times, that's for sure, but I'm excited and I'm glad because the guys still made me feel part of it."

Savard is signed through 2016-17. If the Bruins put him on long-term injured reserve for the 2011-12 season, they will save just over $4 million on the salary cap and will be able to spend that money elsewhere.