Savard could return for 2nd round

Updated: April 14, 2010, 6:53 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

There's a slight possibility Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard (Grade 2 concussion) could return to the lineup if Boston advances to the second round of the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, discussing the organization's No. 2 overall pick in the NHL's Entry Draft in June during a conference call, confirmed an earlier report by TSN that Savard is improving.

"Let's put it in perspective," said Chiarelli. "Savy's had some good days lately and you don't want to rule him out, but he's still a ways away. He has to have a certain number of days [seven] headache-free and then he has to go through an excursion test. I know he's chomping at the bit. I talked to him yesterday and he sounded great. Its great news that he's recovering now and I'll leave it at that."

Savard suffered the concussion on a blindside hit by the Penguins Matt Cooke on March 7 in Pittsburgh. Originally it was thought Savard would miss the season because the injury was so severe, but according to the report he's still experiencing intermittent headaches.

In order to return to the ice, he will have to be symptom-free for a week.

Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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