Boston Bruins injury update: Adam McQuaid inching closer to return

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 12: Adam McQuaid
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 12: Adam McQuaid /

Hard nosed Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuid appears to be close to returning to action.

The Boston Bruins have dealt with injuries ever since the start of the season. They are now close to having a healthy team with Adam McQuaid practicing this week.

McQuaid has been sidelined since October 19th when he blocked two shots versus the Vancouver Canucks. The result was a broken right fibula.

The Bruins have been able to survive without McQuaid. Matt Grzelcyk and Paul Postma have been able to gain some experience while the veteran defenseman recovered. Grzelcyk has been doing especially well having a goal and two assists in 9 games.

CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 02: (L-R) Brad Marchand
CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 02: (L-R) Brad Marchand /

The Bruins will definitely be happy to see their hard-hitting defenseman return and it appears he won’t be changing how he plays.

"“I don’t know if I can to be honest with you,” McQuaid said. “I can choose between getting hurt every once in a while and missing some time, or playing a different style and not playing at all. I don’t foresee anything changing that way, but when you get out there you just play. You can’t be thinking about potential for injury or other things on your mind, just focus on playing.”"

This is good to hear because the Boston Bruins could use a physical presence. A guy who will protect players like Brad Marchand and instill fear in opponents who try and take a run at the team’s star players.

McQuaid did not fly with the team to Detroit so it appears the earliest he could come back would be on Thursday but more likely on Saturday versus the New York Rangers.

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Spooner still day-today

Ryan Spooner is fully practicing with the team but is still listed as day-to-day. Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy doesn’t want to risk Spooner getting injured again.  He said via

"“He’s still practicing full with the team. I guess the long and short of that [is] he’s still day-to-day. We’ll decide tomorrow. We don’t want to go backwards again. We’ve had a couple of starts and stops with that one. We’re going, to the best of our ability, try to manage that so we’re going forward and not re-injuring.”"

With a possible Spooner return, Bruce Cassidy will have some tough roster decisions coming up. It appears that they may have to send at least one person down when everyone is healthy. Also, it will be interesting to see what Cassidy does with the starting lineup on a game to game basis.

Also Cassidy made another interesting decision today. He said that Tuukka Rask will be starting tonight and Anton Khudobin will be playing in net on Thursday against the Washington Capitals.

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Cassidy still must be pretty confident in Khudobin cause I don’t understand why Rask wouldn’t be in net versus the tougher matchup on Thursday. He has been playing great as of late so I would want him to face the better team.