Bruins briefly confirm Savard’s concussion, indefinite absence

Savard/By S. Bradley

When it comes to brevity in statements about the health of one of their star players, the Bruins seemingly lead the league.

Here’s the release the team just distributed to the media in the name of general manager Peter Chiarelli about center Marc Savard:

“After being examined by the Bruins medical staff today, Marc has been diagnosed with a moderate concussion. There is no timetable on his return and no further updates at this time.”

Savard was injured Saturday when he was hit into the end glass by Colorado defenseman Matt Hunwick. Savard left the game holding his head and was cut. He flew from Denver back to Boston Sunday rather than stick with his teammates on their trip to Los Angeles for tonight’s game.

Moderate is the same class of concussion center David Krejci suffered in November. Krejci missed six games. But unlike Savard, Krejci wasn’t months removed from a more serious concussion and a summer of post-concussion syndrome symptoms.

As always, there’s no way to predict how long a head injury will last, especially in light of Savard’s recent history.

The Bruins have experience with a player returning from a lengthy concussion absence and suffering a second concussion. Patrice Bergeron missed 15 games in 2008-09 after his collision with then-Carolina defenseman Dennis Seidenberg just a few months into his return from missing almost all of the previous season. Bergeron has not suffered any issues since then.

Hopefully the Bruins will shed more light on Savard’s situation in the days ahead and the center will be able to make a speedy recovery.

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