Marc Savard, who exited stage left three weeks ago with a Grade 2 concussion, visited the Boston dressing room Thursday morning and met with GM Peter Chiarelli and the training staff.
According to Chiarelli, the club's No. 1 pivot has made slight strides in recovery but no one on Causeway St. figures he could be back any earlier than the start of a second-round playoff series (read: at least another month).
Savard will talk at noon today with the media, his first comments since sustaining the injury on March 28. A news conference, including Savard and Chiarelli, will be held prior to today's matinee vs. the Flames.
''People keep comparing it to Bergy's concussion,'' said Chiarelli, noting the Grade 3 knock sustained by Patrice Bergeron in Oct. 2007. ''Look, Savvy's concussion is serious, I don't want to diminish that fact, but Bergy's was worse.''
Unlike Bergeron, who was unable to drive a car for weeks after being clobbered by Philly's Randy Jones, Savard already is able to drive for short distances, though not as far as, say, from downtown to the club's training facility in Wilmington.
When at the Garden on Thursday, said Chiarelli, the 32-year-old Savard asked that a bright light in the room be turned off.
''So he's still got that lingering light sensitivity that you often get from these things,'' said Chiarelli. ''But all in all, he's doing a little better, and it looks like his recovery should be faster than Bergy's. I'll only caution, though, as I always do with concussions, that the recovery is never linear. There's a back-and-forth to getting better, and it varies from person to person, which is to say that you can't put a hard-and-fast 4-6 weeks on it and know for sure that's your target date.''