BOSTON -- Despite all the injuries he’s dealt with over the last two seasons, Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is optimistic about his future.
This season, he was limited to 30 games due to quad and ankle injuries. He recently had surgery on his right ankle and believes he’ll be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve really felt good and felt like myself, so in a way I feel good about it that there’s a possibility that I could feel that much better than I have in recent times, so it’s all positive for me in that mindset,” McQuaid said.
During the Bruins' exit day, McQuaid was hobbling around on crutches with his foot in a cast. He said he felt good and it was a relief to finally have the surgery on his ankle.
When the team announced the ankle surgery, it was a surprise to many in the media and fans, because most thought he was dealing with just a quad injury.
“My ankle has been something that’s been bothering me for a while,” McQuaid said. “[We] decided at the end of last year to try and play through it this year, just with how quick the turnaround was last year, so it was something that I knew coming into the year that I would have to get done at the end of this year. We got to a point with my quad that we knew it wasn’t going to be an option for this year, so that was when we decided to do the ankle as opposed to waiting until the end of the year.”
There’s no way to tell whether McQuaid’s ankle issue led to his quad injury, but it made his rehab process more difficult.
“There were certain things that I wasn’t able to do with my ankle, so it wasn’t a very simple process and we kept going back to the drawing board and trying to figure out what we could do and ultimately it didn’t work out the way I had hoped,” McQuaid said.
McQuaid’s frustration level is at a high. He’s been limited to only 62 regular-season games the last two seasons. This season he played his last game on Jan. 19 at Chicago. He came close to returning on a few occasions, but suffered too many setbacks.
“Of course it’s frustrating,” he said. “I was feeling like I was getting close at times, but having setbacks and just never quite getting there. Each day I was kind of holding onto hope and each time I really did think that I was going to be all right to get back. Mentally, it made me stronger just going through this and of course I hope it’s all behind me now, but at the end of the day it was something that really I couldn’t control. I knew I was doing everything that I could, so now at this point it’s just giving it the actual time to heal that it needs. I have no worries about it going forward.”
During his first full season in the NHL, McQuaid helped the Bruins to a Stanley Cup championship in 2011. The following season, he played a career-high 72 games, but has played less than that in the last two seasons combined. The 27-year-old defenseman hopes the 2014-2015 season is much better.
“Yeah, I hope so,” he said. “I would like to at some point have somebody ask me a question about a game as opposed to how I feel. Everybody comes into each season with the hopes of playing 82 games, and that'll be my hope again next year as it was coming into this season and I’ll take it one day at a time. We’ll see how things go.”