Savard has now been symptom-free for several months. He began skating with a trainer during the Olympics and now believes he could resume his NHL career more than three years after it seemed that a second major concussion had ended it.
It is unclear what his attempt to return would mean for the Boston Bruins. Savard remains under contract until 2017. If he were declared fit to play, the Bruins would be on the hook for his salary cap hit, reducing their flexibility for next year. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli will have a difficult decision with Savard, choosing between finding room for the slick centre on his deep, defensive juggernaut or buying out a player whose inspirational return to the ice would be one of the major stories of the year, and an excellent April Fools Day joke with BB being the perp.