Bruins put Savard on 7-8 day program

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday that center Marc Savard -- who has been out all of camp with post-concussion syndrome -- will not fly with the team to Belfast. He will instead stay home and work with doctors on a 7-8 day program designed to determine what he can and cannot do while suffering from the post-concussion symptions.

The team did leave open the possibility he could join the team in Prague in time to watch them play in the season opener on Oct. 9, but that seems unlikely.

"He's not going to start with us," Chiarelli told reporters Wednesday. "He may join us. We're putting him on a seven-, eight-day plan while we're gone, to see doctors.

"He's got to ramp up his physical activity just to get to the exertion test, so there's a lot of protocol we have to go through and we decided we'd be better having him here with the guidance of our doctors. We've got a physical therapy group here too that will work with him and start his conditioning, so he's got to go through a number of steps, better served here than over there."

Savard accompanied the team on its recent two-day team bonding trip to Vermont and by all accounts the experience helped him on his path to recovery.

"He just spent the last few days with Claude [Julien] and the team in Vermont to do the team building," Chiarelli pointed out. "He's, again, from what I see, he's progressing nicely. I've talked to him every day and he's on his way, but we need to make sure we do this properly."

James Murphy covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.