Savard: 'Still definitely not 100 percent'

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The fact Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard is skating on his own is encouraging. What it leads to is still unknown. Savard skated for the third time Tuesday morning at Ristuccia Arena as he tries to make his way back from post-concussion syndrome. Along with the team’s strength and conditioning coach, John Whitesides, Savard spent 25 minutes on the ice, working on skating, stick-handling and shooting.

He was winded when he stepped off the ice, but feels fortunate he has reached this point of his rehab, even though he’s still feeling the effects of PCS.

“I’m obviously feeling better because I’m out skating,” Savard told ESPNBoston.com on Tuesday after his skate. “That’s good news, but I’m still definitely not 100 percent. I still have some issues, but a lot of them aren’t from the injury. My head isn’t screwed up after I work out right now. Obviously, there are other on-going issues.”

Savard said he would rather keep those issues personal and did not want to talk specifically about it. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced at the start of training camp that Savard would miss the start the season due to his symptoms and the veteran forward spoke a few days later about his condition.

At that time he admitted he was also suffering from depression, and when asked Tuesday morning how he’s been dealing with that, Savard said he’s being helped professionally and wants to keep it personal.

“Obviously, that’s the toughest thing to talk about, so I’ll keep that to myself,” he said. “I’m obviously still having some issues with that, but being around the guys, and getting the doctor’s help that I’m getting, things are going up. I still have my down days, that’s for sure, but I’m getting by.”

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