WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Injured Boston Bruins Marc Savard (post-concussion syndrome) and Marco Sturm (knee), neither of whom has played yet this season, are improving and could soon be ready to make the final push to return to game action, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday.
Of Savard, Chiarelli said, "He's starting to feel like he's in good shape. There hasn't been any lingering side effects that we talked about earlier on in his rehab. He was in very good spirits.
"I wouldn't say he's champing at the bit yet, but we're almost at that corner with the turnaround. To me -- again, timetables are difficult -- but to me he seemed in good shape, good spirits. I wouldn't say he's close, but he's getting there."
Savard has been skating on his own since mid-October. He suffered a Grade 2 concussion when he was on the receiving end of blindside hit by the Penguins' Matt Cooke last March. After missing nearly two months, Savard returned to action in time for the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers, but began experiencing post-concussion symptoms during his offseason training.
Chiarelli also wouldn't commit to a timetable for Sturm, but he estimated Sturm's return to be in early December as he and the team originally believed.
"Again, you don't really want to hammer down a timetable or a time frame, but my guess is maybe the first week, 10 days of December," Chiarelli said.
Sturm tore his medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in Game 1 against the Flyers.
Meanwhile, the Bruins must deal with the loss of first-line center David Krejci for at least a week due to a moderate concussion.
James Murphy covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.