It's tough to tell which installment of the "making sense of the Marc Savard situation" this may be, because quite frankly, there have been so many developments or rumors surrounding the center since the summer that one couldn't be blamed for losing count. Such is the nature with these things.



A night after beating the Canadiens in Montreal, the Bruins were handed a 3-2 defeat by the Panthers on Thursday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. David Booth led the scoring charge for the Panthers with a pair of goals, while former Bruin Dennis Wideman notched a tally of his own.  

 

Steve Kampfer and Jeff LoVecchio scored for the Bruins, whose preseason record fell to 1-1. The team continues its preseason schedule with a rematch with the Panthers at the Garden on Saturday. 

 

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dale & Holley on Thursday afternoon. As he prepares to play in the team's preseason game with the Panthers Thursday night, he took time to shed light on Tyler Seguin, who contributed an assist in the B's 4-2 victory over the Canadiens Wednesday. Seguin, chosen second overall in the NHL draft in June, has received plenty of attention since coming to Boston, but Thornton said his case is much different than that of top overall pick Taylor Hall.

 

Patrice Bergeron scored two goals and the Bruins chased Montreal goalie Carey Price to win their preseason opener, 4-2 at the Bell Centre. The game featured a short-handed tally from each team, with Tuukka Rask making 36 saves in the victory. Price was replaced by Curtis Sanford, midway through the second period, but that may have been too late for the Habs.

 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday morning that the team released eight players from training camp: Adam Courchaine, Ryan Donald, Michael Hutchinson, Levi Nelson, Tyler Randell, Antoine Roussel, Jordan Smotherman and Cody Wild.

 

Donald, Smotherman and Roussel were released from their tryout agreements and will report to Providence Bruins training camp. Courchaine, Hutchinson, Nelson and Wild were assigned to Providence. Randell was returned to his junior team, the Kitchener Rangers.

 

Horton went through juniors and the first six years of his career without experiencing a major rivalry. (AP)Rivalries tend to access a specially reserved palette of emotions for people all across sports. Players step up their games, referees face further scrutiny, and fans slash tires.



Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement today regarding Marc Savard:

 

"As I stated on Friday, Marc Savard is suffering from symptoms related to post-concussion syndrome. He is under the care of our doctors. Any reports that suggest that there are any other issues regarding Marc, or him not playing for the Bruins this season, are completely inaccurate.

 

"Also, as I have previously stated, when there is a change in Marc's status, I will issue an update."

 

One day after the Bruins held goaltender Tim Thomas out of the team’s black/white scrimmage, the 2008-09 Vezina winner was once again missing when Group A took the ice for Tuesday’s practice.

 

Thomas is recovering from offseason hip surgery and participated in some of the team’s captain’s practices earlier in the month in an effort to be 100 percent by the time the Bruins begin their season next month in Prague. Even so, the team sees no use in rushing the 36-year-old back.

 

The opening of training camp means a renewed sense of optimism no matter which team is gearing up. From the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, to the owners of June's first overall draft pick in the Edmonton Oilers.



Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday at TD Garden that Marc Savard notified him late in the summer that he is suffering from "symptoms related to post-concussion syndrome." As a result, Savard, who is in Boston with his teammates as they open training camp, will not skate. The symptoms shown by the veteran center are undoubtedly a result of the March 7 hit from Penguins forward Matt Cooke.