Bruins' Savard cleared for contact

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Boston - Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard is closer than ever to returning to action, having not played a game yet this season due to lingering effects of a concussion suffered more than eight months ago.

On Tuesday, the club issued a statement updating Savard's status.

"Today Marc passed the tests administered by Dr. Micky Collins from the Sports Medicine department at UPMC, and is now cleared for contact," said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. "Marc will rejoin the team tomorrow for the morning skate in Florida. There is no time-table at this time for Marc to start playing games."

Savard's problems began when he suffered a Grade 2 concussion when hit by a blind-side elbow from Penguins forward Matt Cooke in a game at Pittsburgh on March 7.

No penalty was called on the play, which occurred late in the third period, and Cooke faced no supplemental discipline from the National Hockey League for his action.

Savard missed the remainder of the regular season while recovering from post- concussion syndrome, then was absent for the Bruins' six-game triumph over Buffalo in the first round of the playoffs.

He returned to participate in all seven games of Boston's conference semifinal loss to the Flyers, posting a goal and two assists, but revealed in the off- season that he still felt the effects of the original incident.

Savard was limited to just 41 games in 2009-10, posting 10 goals and 23 assists.


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