BOSTON – Will Marc Savard make his season debut tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning, or will he have to wait until Saturday (at the earliest) when the Bruins head to Toronto?
That seems to be the million dollar question right now.
While that might be a game time decision, one thing that is for sure is that Savvy’s return to the Bruins lineup should be right around the corner. Savard will meet with Bruins coach Claude Julien and general manager Peter Chiarelli later today to discuss his return to the lineup.
“I haven’t heard anything yet, but I’m meeting with Peter [Chiarelli] and Claude [Julien] later today,” said Savard after the Bruins’ optional morning skate at TD Garden today. “Right now I’m kind of leaving it at their hands. I feel ready but its still up to them.
“I don’t know if it’s even that,” Savard added when asked if his status for tonight’s game is a game time decision. “I just know that I’m meeting with them later on so we’ll see what happens.”
While many believe that Savard is ready to return to the lineup after returning to the ice about a week ago, the team is still a little cautious in rushing him into the lineup.
“There’s nothing new at this moment,” Julien said during his press conference this morning. “But I think we’re getting pretty close. I think he’s feeling pretty good and right now I think its just about having everyone on board and deciding that the time is there. I don’t know if that’s today or whether its Friday or whether its next week.
“When a guy comes off an injury like that,” Julien added, “you need to make sure you make the right decision and it’s not a rush decision and it’s made with everyone agreeing to it – whether its coaches, managers, doctors and trainers – I think we all have to make sure we’re on the same page to put the player in obviously.”
From an on-ice perspective, the Bruins could certainly use the presence of Savard in the lineup, even after an impressive 3-0 shutout win over the Flyers last night. The Bruins are a sub .500 team at home – going 4-5-2 in 11 home games – and Savvy’s appearance could be an early energy boost for the Garden faithful.
But even if Savard would return to the Bruins lineup tonight, Julien will still manage Savard’s ice time, just like he would with any injured player who returns to the lineup.
“We’ll manage that, absolutely,” Julien responded. “We’ll manage that like we do with anyone else who’s been out for awhile.”
Whatever the amount of ice time Savvy gets in his first game back (and going forward), the Bruins playmaker is ready to get on the ice and contribute.
“I know that I can still help and I want to get out there as soon as possible,” Savard stated.