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Boston Bruins center and leading scorer (3-4-7 points) Marc Savard has been placed on the long-term injured reserve (LTIR) with a broken left foot and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli reported that Savard suffered the injury when a shot in a preseason practice hit his left skate. He played through the pain, but re-aggravated the break in yesterday’s practice. Subsequent MRI’s revealed the break. He will not require surgery, but will wear a walking cast.
“But I think it’s for the best for myself and for the team right now, ” Savard said to reporters. “I haven’t been feeling 100 percent out there skating. The best thing now is to get it 100 percent. Guys have rallied before, and I’m sure they’ll do the same again.”
Updates will be provided as information becomes available.
Trent Whitfield, a 32-year-old forward, was called up from Providence to take Savard’s roster slot. In six AHL games this season, Whitfield has scored three goals and tallied five assists. In 177 NHL games between the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers, and St. Louis Blues, he has 11 goals and 17 assists. He is expected to play tonight against the Nashville Predators.
Marc Savard’s injury could not come at a worse time for the Boston Bruins. They are struggling with a 3-4-0 record, a horrendous power play, and an even worse penalty kill. Coupled with the departure of Phil Kessel and Milan Lucic’s broken finger, Boston has lost its first line from last year for at least four weeks. For a team with such high expectations at the beginning of the season, this does not bode well for the Bruins.