Marc Savard got a pretty nice Thanksgiving gift today, even if it was a little early.
“(Adam)McQuaid gave me a little elbow on the jaw,” Savard said with a grin after the Boston Bruins morning skate. “I felt nothing, so I felt good.”
And relieved, no doubt. Savard has not been in the Bruins lineup yet because of lingering concussion symptoms from the controversial hit on him delivered by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke last March, but this morning, he took part in first full-contact workout of the season. Savard was cleared Tuesday by doctors at the University of Pittsburgh, where he spent an entire day going through a battery of advanced neurological tests.
“I was pretty cool testing actually,” he said. “And the doctor said I passed with flying colors, so that made me feel good.”
What made him feel better though was getting back on the ice for real. Savard has been doing some light skating for the last couple of weeks, but took part in all the drills, including the puck battling ones at the end of practice. And Savard came away saying he felt strong and confident about resuming his career. There were times during the summer when he wasn't sure.
"I went through some tough times and some dark days, but I’m really happy to be where I’m at today,” he said.
Savard isn't sure when he'll be back in action though. He needs more high-intensity practices to get in game shape, although that's a challenge these days because the Bruins have a busy schedule in the next few weeks. And the Bruins need to figure out how to fit his salary back into their cap structure when the center comes off the injured list. Somebody has to be moved, with Michael Ryder being the team's preferred victim, but difficult to sell because of his contract.
In the meantime, Savard says all he wants to do is to get back on the ice. And he even sees a little bright side in all this.
“I’m feeling as strong as ever," he said. "And with the knee problems I’ve had over the years and with the rest I’ve got, I’m quicker and skating better.”
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Posted on: November 24, 2010 2:59 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2010 5:14 pm