WILMINGTON -- Marc Savard skated on his own this morning, prior to the Bruins' late-morning workout, and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli sounded encouraged about the No. 1 pivot's progress.
''Savvy had a real good skate--a lot harder than anything so far,'' said an upbeat Chiarelli. ''He was moving. He is starting to ramp it up.''
Savard, who began to experience post-concussion symptoms over the summer, was unable to join the club at the start of September's training camp and has not played this season.
Savard's progress, in part, has Chiarelli looking to slim down his payroll, be it by trades or other means. Watching from the stands here at this morning's workout, Chiarelli boldly stated that he would not shy away from placing a current roster player in the minor leagues--perhaps sooner that anyone might expect--in order to save or relax payroll dollars.
''If we have to warehouse someone in the minors, we'll do that,'' said Chiarelli. ''I don't want to do it, but I will do it, if it becomes necessary.''
Demoting a player sooner rather than later could have implications late in the season, if, say, the Bruins are looking to add a role player to secure a playoff spot or make a serious post-season run. In the salary-capped NHL, bad deals are always bad deals in terms of how they impact a club's overall payroll number--and what room is left against the cap come March and April.