Morning greetings from Causeway Street, blog dawgs. Your senior puck chronicler has control of the keyboard while brother Fluto Shinzawa luxuriates in his leisurely return from various Philadelphia eateries, cigar bars and airport bistros.
Our man Shinzawa was last seen demanding morning sushi from a Philly airport Burger King. Could be a very long wait.
A handful of Bruins, including the long-concussed Marc Savard, took the ice this morn, shaking out the legs prior to the club's tilt here tonight against the TB Bolts.
Rumors have swirled for days that this could be Savard's 2010-'11 debut, his first game since Game 7 of last May's playoff series (Round Deux, The Disgrace) vs. the Flyers.
The media scrum here at the Vault hopes to talk with Savard later this morning and we'll let you know faster than a Seguin breakaway once we know the answer. Do not dare leave this acre of the digital world. In the meantime, you are encouraged to bubble up another cup o' mornin' hot choc.
Update: Savard made it clear that he is beyond ready to play..he'd take the ice right now if it were a matinee (good seats still available at box office)
However....coach Claude Julien would not go as far as to say that his veteran pivot will play. When your faithful puck chronicler asked the coach if the various doctors had given their OK--including those in charge of assessing Savard' neuropsych readiness--Julien said he was uncertain. He is awaiting word, he said, from GM Peter Chiarelli, who is touching base with the club's MGH medical staff.
''It's what I am being told,'' said Julien. ''It's what I am going with.''
The bet here: No. 91 in lineup, but does not skate full load, but fulfills trash talk quota, even if he must holler from bench.
Also out on the ice this morn: Marco Sturm, Danny Paille, Jordan Caron and the former No. 1 stopper known as Tuukka Rask.
Seen Stamkos? You will tonight. The Bolts budding superstar, Steve Stamkos, is here for the first time this season.