Marc Savard, at times glassy-eyed and somber, met with the Boston media for approximately 10 minutes this morning and sounded as if he won't be back in action any time soon.
Diagnosed a week ago Friday with post-concussion syndrome, thus prohibiting him from starting training camp last weekend with the Bruins, the high-scoring veteran pivot said he was dealing with multiple symptoms typical of PCS and noted that dealing with depression is the most difficult of those symptoms.
''I think everything you just summed up there,'' said Savard, when a Globe reporter asked if he were dealing with nausea, headache, dizziness, seeing spots, depression, among the more common issues related to concussions and often PCS. "I've had issues with everything so far, so....like I said, I have to see the doctors, get the help that I need and go from there.''
On follow-up, when asked which of the symptoms he finds hardest to deal with, Savard noted depression.
''Oh, probably the depression part,'' he said, his tone noticeably somber, his emotions clearly stirred. ''That's probably the toughest, so....that's it.''
Savard discounted the prospect, however, that he might be sidelined the entire 2010-'11 season. On Tuesday, espn.com, anonymously sourcing a member of the Bruins organization, said it's possible Savard could be out the full season.
''Uh, I hope not,'' he said. ''That's not what I am looking at..but I am definitely going to take my time and make sure that I am 100 percent in every aspect before I even think about playing.''
One member in the media scrum, which totalled approximately 30 inside the club's dressing room, asked if such a possibility has been discussed.
''No,'' said Savard. ''That's definitely not a thought. I definitely want to get back, but like I said, I am going to take it step by step.''
In hindsight, said Savard, he likely returned too soon after sustaining his Grade 2 concussion in March.
''I had huge fatigue problems during [the Flyer} series,'' he said. ''Especially when [David Krejci] got hurt...I think it was Game 4 that I played 27 minutes. I pretty much should have been sitting [in the press box] after that....I didn't have anything left.''
In conversations with a doctor, said Savard, he was made aware again that head injuries differ dramatically from, say, a knee injury.
''I guess with your brain and your head,'' said Savard, again noting what maybe was a premature return to the lineup in May, ''that probably wasn't the best thing to do.''