Marc Savard, complaining of symptoms that are consistent with post-concussion syndrome, will not be ready for the start of training camp. Savard has not worked out in the last few weeks, according to GM Peter Chiarelli. There is no timetable as to when Savard might start working out and skating.
Savard is meeting with team doctors today. Chiarelli did not disclose the specific nature of Savard’s ailments. Savard suffered a major concussion on March 7 when he was drilled by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke.
“Any time there’s this reoccurence, there’s concern,” said Chiarelli. “He’s a very durable guy. He’s played hurt in the past. He wants to come back and we want him to be healthy.”
According to Chiarelli, Savard felt the symptoms return later in the summer. Savard had been working out with a personal trainer in Peterborough prior to the return of his ailments.
Savard’s condition opens up opportunities for Tyler Seguin, Zach Hamill, and Joe Colborne. Seguin will start camp at center.
“Any time missed from camp for Savvy will have to be made up from pure conditioning,” Chiarelli said. “We’ll take it day by day. But we’re looking at other lineups with and without Savvy.”