Marc Savard passes neuro test, closer to returning

Great news today for the Boston Bruins and Marc Savard, as the Boston
Bruins have released
this statement this afternoon:

On Tuesday afternoon, Marc Savard passed his
neuropsychological testing. He will continue to work towards regaining
his game shape, and will have a final meeting with Dr. Kelly McInnis at
MassGeneral Hospital before being cleared to play in games. There is no
date or time line scheduled for this meeting.”

skated this morning for the second straight day, saying that he hopes
to be back in time to play in the first round series against the Buffalo
Sabres. He worked hard for 40 minutes today, pushing himself harder
than before and reporting no ill effects related to his concussion.

final hurdle now is for Savard to get back into game shape. After not
skating for over a month, there’s no telling how long that might be. Yet
now, after passing the neuropsychological tests, he can practice with
the team. Said Savard:

Savard was asked if he would be
back for this first round series against
the Sabres.

“I mean that’s always the hope you keep,” said Savard. “Like I said, and
I’ve said it before, I’ve got to be realistic here. When I’m 100
percent, condition-wise and mentally positive that I can do this, I’ll
be ready to go.”

Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

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The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin

The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.