Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard, who hasn't played all season because of post-concussion syndrome stemming from a hit by the Penguins' Matt Cooke in March, has been cleared for full-contact workouts and for full participation in the team's practices.
Savard passed a battery of tests administered Tuesday by Dr. Michael Collins, a renowned specialist in the area of sports-related concussions, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Savard has been given clearance for contact and will rejoin the Bruins for their game-day skate Wednesday morning in Sunrise, Fla.
"There is no timetable at this time for Marc to start playing games," said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.
Savard, who sustained a concussion on March 7 when he was hit from behind by Cooke, was sidelined until a second-round playoff series against Philadelphia. He missed all of training camp before this season because of post-concussion symptoms.
Before the tests, Savard said he was confident he was ready for the next step.
"Feeling like myself, again," Savard said Monday. "There's still work to put in. It's still going to be a bit away from, obviously, playing games."
Savard had 10 goals and 23 assists last season when he was limited to 41 games.