With the recent injury to Bruins center David Krejci, who’s out with a concussion, thoughts turned to the progress of other injured Bruins forwards Marc Savard and Marco Sturm. Savard has been out all season recovering from post-concussion syndrome while Sturm is coming back from knee surgery after getting injured in the playoffs. Jimmy Murphy from ESPN Boston gets the scoop on how they’re progressing from Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, and the news is especially good for Savard.
“He’s starting to feel like he’s in good shape,” Chiarelli said, when asked about Savard’s condition. “There hasn’t been any lingering side effects that we talked about earlier on in his rehab. He was in very good spirits. I wouldn’t say he’s champing at the bit yet, but we’re almost at that corner with the turnaround. To me — again, timetables are difficult — but to me he seemed in good shape, good spirits. I wouldn’t say he’s close, but he’s getting there.”
The Bruins, of course, are going to be more careful with Savard after he potentially hurt himself more by coming back during the playoffs last season. Savard had been out with a concussion he suffered at the hands of Penguins forward Matt Cooke but talked his way back into the lineup during the playoffs to try and help the Bruins go deeper into the postseason dance. Mission unaccomplished as the Bruins blew a 3-0 series lead to the Flyers and lost in seven games.
As for Sturm, Chiarelli reports that all is going well with Sturm and that he’s aiming for an early December return to the lineup. Sturm had knee surgery after suffering an injury during the playoffs and the six months of recovery needed to get back on the ice puts him on track to be back right on time.
Once Savard and Sturm are back in the lineup, the Bruins will have some serious salary cap questions to get resolved. With both players showing improvement, perhaps it’s time to put Peter Chiarelli on the clock to get a solution figured out there as he’ll have about another month to get things squared away. If I were Bruins forward Michael Ryder, I’d start getting nervous. Ryder and his $4 million cap hit is a prime candidate to be sent down to the AHL to get his contract off the books.