Savard's season likely finished

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:27 PM ET

The future of Boston centre Marc Savard is clouded at best.

The Bruins are expected to announce this week that Savard, 33, an Orleans native who has been out with his second concussion in less than a year, is done for the season and there’s no timetable for his return.

Larry Kelly, Savard’s Ottawa-based lawyer, confirmed he and his client met with Boston doctors Friday and were sitting down with Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli Saturday to determine the next course of action.

Savard, who crashed head-first into the end boards on Jan. 22 against Colorado after a hit from Matt Hunwick, might have to consider retirement.

“Right now, it’s premature to say anything,” Kelly said Saturday from Boston.

Since Savard certainly won’t be back this season, the Bruins might have to go looking for help in the middle. The Jackets, Senators, Oilers and Panthers all have forwards available.

THIS ’N’ THAT

A player who writers are going to have to consider for MVP this season: Detroit D Nicklas Lidstrom. At 40, he’s playing the best hockey of his career and is averaging 23:48 of ice time. Is he good enough to beat out Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby? That could depend on when Crosby returns. Lidstrom deserves a vote or two ... The loss of Evgeni Malkin for the season with a knee injury means Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero will have to replenish his forward ranks at the deadline. That is one area where Shero has always been strong.

OFF THE GLASS

Trying to stay in the playoff hunt, Atlanta GM Rick Dudley would like to get busy. He’s been offering up C Nik Antropov, D Ron Hainsey and LW Freddy Modin. Not sure other GMs are exactly jumping at the opportunity to take those guys, but they could be depth players ... Sabres coach Lindy Ruff turned down a one-year contract extension. He’ll be behind a bench next year, it just might not be in Buffalo. There would be plenty of teams in the hunt for Ruff’s services ... Someone should make a pitch for St. Louis D Carlo Colaiacovo. He’s out with an injury after taking a puck to the face, but has been solid this season ... One of the keys to success for Florida GM Dale Tallon in Chicago was his ability to clean house. He’s going to have to try to work that magic again this spring. While G Tomas Vokoun has declared he’d like to stay, the indication is he’s being shopped along with LW Cory Stillman. Even the name of C Stephen Weiss has surfaced. A team looking for a veteran might take Stillman. The only way Florida keeps Vokoun is if he’s willing to sign a one-year deal ... The Jackets are trying to move G Steve Mason. He is a pending unrestricted free agent and won’t be back.

RUMOURS DU JOUR

While it’s doubtful the Senators will deal Mike Fisher, the talk is three teams are taking a close look at the hard-nosed centre: Nashville, Los Angeles and Tampa. The Predators have been linked to Fisher since he married country music star Carrie Underwood last summer, but there is serious interest in Nashville. But the Predators are notorious for not spending and the asking price for Fisher will be heavy: Two top young players and a high pick. Not sure where he’d fit with the Lightning, but GM Steve Yzerman is familiar with Fisher from the world championships. The Kings should be interested; they need help in the middle. They would also be a good fit for Fisher ... Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is working the phones. You’re going to hear plenty about D Tomas Kaberle between now and the deadline. He doesn’t want to waive his no-movement clause, but there are whispers he might. If Kaberle were to move, he’d want to sign an extension. The talk is that he’d like to stay in the East. The names of RW Kris Versteeg and D Francois Beauchemin are also being whispered ... Four possible suitors for Senator Chris Phillips: Montreal, Boston, San Jose and Washington. The shut-down defenceman will get plenty of attention despite his struggles this season. Phillips has a no-movement clause, so he can choose his destination.

Have a nice Sunday.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca

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