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Savard: 'It felt unbelievable'

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  November 20, 2010 11:52 AM

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Marc Savard, cleared yesterday to participate in non-contact practice, wheeled around the TD Garden ice during the morning skate with his teammates. After the session, even following some conditioning work, Savard was all smiles about the skate he had just powered through.

"It felt unbelievable," Savard said. "It's been a long time. It's pretty special to make it to this step. Hopefully I'll gradually feel better and go from there."

Savard said he turned a corner approximately two or three weeks ago. Savard has been symptom-free in that time period. Savard credited his teammates, the Bruins' staff, and fans for helping him overcome his postconcussion syndrome.

During his darkest times, Savard acknowledged wondering about the future of his playing career. In retrospect, Savard understands that it was depression that played a significant role in clouding his temperament.

"It's the game I grew up playing and I loved, and I love again," Savard said. "I think that love went away for a bit because I wasn't sure about anything. Now that I've had time to heal, I can't wait to get out there with the guys and play some games."

Savard said he's probably not in training camp shape yet. Claude Julien said Savard's next step might be engaging in battles for the puck and digging along the boards, even though he hasn't been cleared for contact.

* Savard has been skating with a shield, which he hasn't worn since junior. Savard will wear a visor upon his return, even though it wouldn't be a deterrent against another concussion.

* Savard said he read Colin Campbell's three-year-old e-mails. In the messages, the ex-Rangers coach referred to Savard as a fake artist. "I think the stuff he was saying got interpreted in a bad way," Savard said. "It had nothing to do with the [Matt] Cooke incident. I played for Colie, and I think that was one of the ways, when I first came into the league to stay in the lineup, was to draw penalties. I think he encouraged that at the time if you asked him. I think that's what he was referring to. But it had nothing to do with the Cooke incident. I've talked to [Gregory Campbell] here. Soupy's a great kid. We have no hard feelings against each other. I can't wait to get to playing with him and get that opportunity."

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