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Bruins GM says Savard's playing career in doubt: report

BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Bruins center Marc Savard will miss the 2011-12 National Hockey League (NHL) season and may never play again because of post-concussion symptoms, the Boston Globe reported on Wednesday.

Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli told the Globe that the two-time All-Star is still experiencing concussion-related issues that limited him to 25 games last season and he will not be in training camp when it opens next month.

"Based on what I see, what I hear, what I read, and what I'm told, it's very unlikely Marc will play again," Chiarelli said in a report on the Globe's website.

"Now, knowing the uncertainty of this injury, there's always a chance (he could play). But based on what I'm told, it's very unlikely he'll play."

Once rated as one of the NHL's top centers, Savard has seen his career derailed by concussions.

He missed the start of last season and returned to play 25 games but was sidelined again on January 22 after sustaining his second concussion in 10 months.

Savard has 207 goals and 499 assists during a 13-season career that has included stints with the New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and Bruins.

"Marc Savard won't play this year," Chiarelli told the Globe. "Nothing has changed in our monitoring. "He'll be examined and he'll be declared unfit to play."

(Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Frank Pingue)