Julien

BOSTON — During his first media interview since it was revealed he has been battling post-concussion syndrome, Bruins center Marc Savard mentioned he might’ve come back too early from the injury when he join Boston for its playoff series with Philadelphia.

Savard mentioned he was extremely fatigued, especially as the series wore on and his playing time increased.

Head coach Claude Julien commented on that today after his team’s morning skates:

“As a coaching staff, we never, never force people to play until they’re medically cleared. He passed the tests and he did everything the proper way. Now once you pass those tests, the only person that can determine that is the player himself. And he was adamant about ‘hey, I’m great, I’m ready to go.’ We started him off slowly and obviously he played a little bit more when [Krejci] got hurt. But I never got feedback from any of that. It’s one of those things that he may relate it to that; maybe it has nothing to do with that. There’s no proof anywhere

“The bottom line is, I’m not going to overanalyze this whole thing. We have a guy here that we need to give him a chance to get better because, first of all, health is the most important thing, not the game at this moment. Once his health is better and he’s ready to come back, then we’ve got to make sure we ease him back in. And more than anything else, we’ll be glad to have him back because he’s one of those elite players.”