Thursday, February 20, 2014
McQuaid working his way back
By Brendan C. Hall
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Under Claude Julien’s regime, the Boston Bruins have been typically tight-lipped about injuries, sometimes summarizing them as simply “upper body” or “lower body” ailments.
And even with the boss out -- Julien is overseas coaching Canada in the Sochi Olympics -- injury information was scant at Bruins practice on Thursday.
When asked about his injury, Adam McQuaid, who left Boston's Jan. 19 battle with Chicago with a leg injury and hasn’t been back since, simply smiled and said, “I wish I could go into more detail about it, but I don’t know what’s [allowed] to be said about it.”
The team's morning’s practice at Ristuccia Arena was McQuaid’s third time skating since the injury, and first since the league went on break for the Olympics. It's the second time this season he’s been away for an extended period of time due to injury, after missing a handful of games with a right leg injury in November and December.
Explaining his process of recovery, the blue-liner said it has “kind of been the same old song and dance, unfortunately.”
“Just been rehabbing, doing everything I can each day, coming in, hoping to see improvements,” he said. “I was really happy to be out there again, get on the ice with the guys. There’s a little ways to go, but it was just fun getting back out there.”
The timing of this one, however, appears to be a little more convenient.
“Probably originally they weren’t quite sure when I was gonna be back,” McQuaid said. “Then as things kinda got closer to the break, they started to figure out it was gonna carry into the break. To have that extra time to heal and not miss any games was a bonus. It worked out well that way. It’s tough watching, and I’ve missed enough games this year, so to not miss any games, if there’s a positive you can take a positive from that.”
In 30 games this season for the Bruins, McQuaid is plus-12 with 1-5-6 totals.