February 7, 2011

Savard, Bruins to hold press conference on Monday

by Jesse Connolly

Bruins center Marc Savard. (Getty)

Practice has been canceled and the stage has been set for the announcement that everyone has expected regarding Bruins center Marc Savard.

 Sidelined since Jan. 22 with his second concussion in less than a year, Savard will be joined by General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Dr. Peter Asnis at a 2:00 p.m. press conference at TD Garden this afternoon, where the team will presumably announce that the 33-year-old pivot is being shut down for the rest of the 2010-11 season.

 Savard, who sustained his second concussion after being hit by former teammate Matt Hunwick in a matinee against the Avalanche, missed the B's first 23 games of the campaign recovering from a recurrence of post-concussion syndrome symptoms.

 In his first 25 games this year, the crafty center struggled to regain the form that saw him lead the Bruins in points during each of his first three seasons in Boston, registering just two goals, eight assists and a minus-7 rating.

 Savard missed 41 games in all last year during the regular season, as he also spent time on injured reserve with a broken foot and a partially torn ligament in his knee.

 If the Ontario native is indeed deemed done for the year, he'll have missed a total of 98 games over the past two regular seasons.

 Savard is in just the first season of a seven-year contract extension he signed with the club in the fall of 2009.