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Bruins star Marc Savard showing improvement

Oct 29, 2010, 2:21 PM EDT

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Injured Bruins star Marc Savard continues to show improvement in recovering from post-concussion syndrome. He’s been informally skating of late and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli updated everyone on Savard’s progress and things are looking up according to Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.

”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.”

With Savard eventually returning to the Bruins lineup, salary cap worries will be the next thing on Chiarelli’s plate, and he says that should it come down to it, stashing a high-salaried player in the AHL will be an option open to them.

”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.”

It’s just the way the NHL works in the salary cap world, but I know that if I was either Michael Ryder or even Blake Wheeler, I’d start wondering if I’ll be playing in Boston by the time December rolls around when it seems that Savard and Marco Sturm will be ready to come back to the Bruins lineup. While the B’s could still trade guys away to free up space, the chances of dealing off a guy like Ryder with a $4 million cap hit seems unlikely.

  1. fugazi910 - Oct 29, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    I can’t wait for Savard and Sturm to come back, they are both great players. It is unfortunate that both of them sustained horrible injuries. As for freeing up space, I don’t think that players like Ryder and Wheeler should have much to worry about they have been with the B’s for a while and both are great players.

    Although, there has been rumor that the B’s GM has been eyeing a defenseman from the coyotes and Ryder and Wheeler were named as possibles for trade. That is a bit worrying knowing that, but again that is just rumor.

  2. iaintafrate - Oct 29, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    fugazi, you must have taken a few Matt Cooke headshots as a child…Ryder and Wheeler great players??? On what planet, they are both mostly useless. Wheeler looks like a good player with size and skill but he can’t finish and is soft in the corners. Ryder is a coaster who overrates his own abilities and doesn’t work hard. If we could package either one(or both?) along with a prospect or 2(we have our team mostly locked up and a system loaded with young players, they all can’t play for the B’s) for a puck moving D-Man we would have done it yesterday. Ryder will likely get sent down and Wheeler will probably be moved at some point. Also, Sturm is a pretty underwhelming in his own right. fugazi, if you think these scrubs are great you must have held a candle light vigil when they traded Wideman.

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