BELFAST — Marc Savard isn’t expected to return to the Bruins’ lineup soon, but he is making some slight, encouraging progress.
“Baby steps,” said Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli, watching his Savard-less squad practice here morning in preparation for its exhibition game Saturday against a collection of United Kingdom all-stars.
“It’s going to be a while for Savvy, and we’re taking it slow, but … he’s exercising a little, getting his heart rate up again….so, yes, some good signs.”
Savard, near tears last week as he talked for the first time about lingering symptoms, including depression, linked to post-concussion syndrome, remains in Boston. According to Chiarelli, he has begun riding a stationary bike, often the first step in recovery from PCS, and has elevated his heart rate to the range of 110-120 (beats per minute).
Chiarelli said the plan is for Savard to try to sustain that light level of exercise for “eight or nine” days, while consulting along the way with the club’s medical staff. Provided he is able to tolerate the light workouts, he’ll try something a little more taxing, right around the time the Bruins return from their current European swing a week from Monday.