- James Murphy, Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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BOSTON -- It was originally thought that Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid wouldn’t be ready to play until February after undergoing surgery in early October for a blood clot. But on the opening day of training camp Sunday, both Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and head coach Claude Julien said that the rugged 6-foot-4 defenseman will be ready to go for the season opener on Saturday against the New York Rangers.
“I would assume so, yes, unless he stinks out there,” Chiarelli told the media with a smile. “He’s been cleared to play now. I don’t what level of contact he can take, but I think he’s been cleared to play.”
Following the team’s first practice of training camp, Julien echoed his boss and was impressed with McQuaid’s performance and conditioning after what could’ve been a much more serious injury. Julien felt satisfied that not only is McQuaid physically able to perform but mentally as well.
“He looked pretty good. You know, he went through a pretty good scare and for me it was about giving him kind of the green light to pull himself out if he needed to and take a step back if he felt he needed to, and he did,” Julien said. “Talked to him afterwards and he said he felt great. So it’s not just a physical thing, it’s a mental thing. You’ve got to allow him to process all this stuff and he’s got to feel confident that he’s A-okay, and to me he looked okay today. He certainly didn’t stick out of the group as far as a guy being off his game or anything else.”