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Savard is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, keep in mind that Lucic will be out at least a month as well. Savard lead the team with seven points in seven games. Savard also led the Bruins in points in each of the previous three seasons.
Whitfield is a 32 year-old journeyman center who has played more games in the AHL then in the NHL. Don't expect him to be up for very long. As much as you don't want to see a 21 year-old kid get thrown to the wolves, I'd like to see Zach Hamill come up to Boston soon.
Hamill has yet to play in the NHL but showed vast improvements from last year during this year's pre-season. Hamill scored two goals in six pre-season games for the Bruins, and never looked lost out there. The Bruins have lost a lot of talent due to injury's and the best way to cushion the blow is to bring up some more talent, even if there is only potential right now.