Now I don’t want to jinx anything by mentioning the second round, but there was an interesting article by Joe McDonald of ESPN.com last night about the possibility of Marc Savard returning if Boston advances to the second round. McDonald called it a “slight possibility.” GM Peter Chiarelli had this to say about Savard’s improvements:
“Savy’s had some good days lately and you don’t want to rule him out, but he’s still a ways away. He has to have a certain number of days [seven] headache-free and then he has to go through an excursion test. I know he’s chomping at the bit. I talked to him yesterday and he sounded great. Its great news that he’s recovering now and I’ll leave it at that.”
Now chances are, Savard will probably be sidelined for the remainder of the season, which is understandable. You certainly don’t want to jeopardize his health or well-being. Still, one can’t help but be optimistic by his progress, and excited by the idea of him coming back this season. What better emotional boost could there be than getting your top offensive player back?
For now though, the Bruins must focus on the task at hand. If they don’t defeat Buffalo, all of the speculation becomes moot.