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Marc Savard placed on long term injured reserve, out for season

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  February 7, 2011 02:29 PM

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The Bruins have placed Marc Savard on long-term injured reserve, and the center will miss the rest of the season.

"Still some headaches off and on," said Savard, who appeared pale, tired, and withdrawn during a 23-minute press conference at TD Garden. "I think the thing that scares me the most are little memory things, where I forget that I've asked someone a question, or little things like that that scare me. The odd dizzy stuff, so that's also something that worries me."

Savard suffered a concussion Jan. 22 in a game at Colorado.

Team physician Dr. Peter Asnis said Savard has showed slight improvement in his symptoms. Savard will return to his offseason home in Peterborough, Ontario. Savard is scheduled to return to Boston in several weeks for further testing.

Savard recalled that he blacked out briefly after Matt Hunwick finished his hit. Savard acknowledged it was a clean hit. Hunwick has contacted Savard several times to express his disappointment in the outcome of the hit.

"I lost all the energy that I had at that point in the game," Savard said. "I felt weak. It was nothing compared to the other one."

Savard said he has not considered retirement at this stage. Any such discussions will take place during the offseason.

By placing Savard on long-term IR, the Bruins can now exceed the NHL's salary cap by the center's $4.007 million annual hit. The trade market, thin to begin with, will be even more taxed now that Evgeni Malkin (knee) will not return this season.

"This stops the temptation," said Mark Recchi, who attended the press conference with Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron. "As a player, you try and do everything you can to get back and play. I think this is just, 'Let's get him healthy. Worry about hockey in the summer.' "

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