Savard/By S. Bradley

Appearing on the Toucher & Rich radio show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli offered an update on injured center Marc Savard.

While explaining that he allowed Savard to leave early to return to his Ontario home for the All-Star break, the GM said “he’s feeling better.”

Chiarelli then tackled the topic of filling in for Savard while the veteran is out with his second concussion in 10 months. Chiarelli mentioned playing Tyler Seguin at center (where he played Monday) or moving Gregory Campbell up the depth chart if necessary.

For the short term, there could also be a call-up from the Providence (AHL) farm club. When asked specifically about Joe Colborne and Zach Hamill, Chiarelli said: “Hamill is more ready than Joe.”

Chiarelli admitted that if Savard’s absence is more of the long-term variety “we’ll have to look for a more established NHL player.” The trade deadline is Feb. 28.