No timetable for Savard's return

Updated: March 9, 2010, 5:55 PM ET
ESPNBoston.com

Marc Savard, who was knocked unconscious by a Matt Cooke hit on Sunday afternoon, had not improved much since returning to Boston on Monday, Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien told the Boston Globe on Tuesday.

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Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesTwo days after the hit, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Marc Savard was not feeling better.

"The only update I've had is that today, he's definitely not feeling better," Julien told the newspaper. "It's been a little hard on him. So obviously it's a pretty serious concussion."

The Bruins announced Monday that Savard was diagnosed with a Grade 2 concussion. Doctors will continue to evaluate him over the next 4-5 days before determining how long the star center might be out.

General manager Peter Chiarelli acknowledged at the NHL general managers meetings in Florida that Savard could be out for the rest of the season, though he stressed it was still too soon to tell.

Considering that Savard has to be symptom-free before he can even attempt to take the tests to gain clearance for playing and the fact that there are just five weeks left in the regular season, Chiarelli obviously cannot rule out Savard being unavailable for the remaining slate.

"I'm just really tired right now," Savard told the Boston Herald on Monday morning in Pittsburgh. "[I have] headaches. My head's been pounding all morning. I just want to get back to Boston and get in my bed."

Savard was carried off the ice after the blindside hit, which occurred with 5:37 remaining in Sunday's game. Savard had just taken a shot from above the circles when Cooke raised his shoulder and struck Savard in the head. Cooke was coming from behind on the play and Savard did not see him.

Julien said after the game it was "pretty obvious" that it was a dirty hit and anticipated the league would take disciplinary action against Cooke. Savard wasn't nearly as definitive Monday, if only because he didn't remember the hit.

"I don't even remember taking the shot," he told the Herald. "I remember generally most of the game, but up around that point I totally don't remember any of it."

Savard, who said he watched a replay of the hit, was told he had lost consciousness for about 15-20 seconds.

Cooke, a player with the reputation of taking borderline hits, insisted he was only finishing his check. TV replays appeared to show Cooke had enough time to pull up and not slam into Savard, and that he raised his arm before the hit.

The subject of hits to the head was front and center at the NHL's general managers meetings Monday, where Chiarelli said the fact that Cooke is a repeat offender should be taken into account when considering disciplinary action for the hit.

"What I saw was ... [Savard] was in a position of vulnerability," Chiarelli said. "That's not a criteria right now for supplemental discipline. But I think you need to look at the repeat offending. These are things we talked about all this morning. We may lose the guy for the rest of the year, I don't know."

The Associated Press and ESPNBoston.com's Matt Kalman contributed to this report.

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