Marc Savard

Marc Savard won’t play Wednesday, but didn’t rule out a Thursday return

As you may know by now, Marc Savard is hoping to return to NHL action in “early December” after sitting out all of the 2010-11 season up to this point with post-concussion syndrome.

For those of you without calendars, December begins on Wednesday, so many wonder if that means Savard could return as soon as then. The brilliant passer denied the possibility of coming back on Wednesday, but didn’t necessarily rule out the chance of a Thursday return.

In case you were wondering if Savard is worth the trouble, it’s pretty difficult to argue against it. He scored 88 points in his best season with the Bruins (2008-09) and also produced 97 and 96 point campaigns as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers.

He told Douglas Flynn of NESN about the possibility of returning on Thursday.

“I don’t think so, no,” said Savard. “I’m not going to be playing Wednesday.”

But when pressed about playing in Thursday’s home game against Tampa Bay, Savard was less definitive. “I don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see,” said Savard.

Savard is clearly anxious to return, but understands he still has work to do to get his timing and conditioning ready for game action.

“I think I’m nearing that point,” said Savard. “I’ve been skating a long time now, but only got in — this was only my third real practice, plus a couple morning skates which don’t really count, so I’m looking at another couple days and go from there.”

Flynn writes that Bruins coach Claude Julien will ultimately have the last word when it comes to when Savard can play again.

One thing that people are overlooking is the fact that Savard received time to heal other parts of his body as he dealt with those concussion issues. He told Flynn that the off time allowed problematic knees to heal up, allowing him to be “quicker in small areas.”

Of course, once Savard’s actually ready to return, the question then becomes: who needs to go? (When that happens, the decision goes from Julien to GM Peter Chiarelli.)

Weaver announces retirement after 633 NHL games

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Mike Weaver has retired. The 37-year-old defenseman made the announcement today via the NHLPA.

“What an enjoyable experience to do something you love for 11 years in the NHL and 15 years in professional hockey,” said Weaver in a release. “I could never have imagined this. Hockey is more than just a game to me. Thanks to the Atlanta Thrashers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers and the Montreal Canadiens.

“I would also like to thank the fans who brought the energy and excitement every night to the arenas. When the game starts, your teammates are who you trust, rely on and respect the most. Thank you to all my teammates for all the memories that will last a lifetime.”

Undrafted out of Michigan State, Weaver ended up playing 633 games in the NHL, plus 28 more in the playoffs.

Larkin will start season with Red Wings

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Dylan Larkin — despite being just 19 years old — will begin the season on the Detroit Red Wings, a team not normally accustomed to having teenagers in the lineup.

Coach Jeff Blashill confirmed the news this morning. Larkin could apparently start on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader.

Larkin, the 15th overall pick in the 2014 draft, had three goals and one assist in five preseason games. A natural center, he’s shown the potential to one day step into the kind of “big-time” role that Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have played for so long in Detroit.

“You have to give our scouts credit,” former coach Mike Babcock told ESPN in May. “We got a great pick where we picked. How high end is he? How soon?”

Related: Coaching change ‘one of the reasons’ Larkin signed with Wings