With nearly all of Bruins nation wondering why they didn’t acquire a top four defenseman, maybe the answer is a semi-positive one for Adam McQuaid.
McQuaid hasn’t played since January 19 against the Chicago Blackhawks and after some positive strides, he strained his quads and it set him back. The news now is that McQuaid will be shut down for another two to three weeks, but WEEI’s DJ Bean told the Mut and Merloni show this morning that McQuaid will see time in April when the games count.
“We’re going to shut him down for two to three weeks. His injury, while it keeps healing, he has setbacks, so we’re going to give him rest two to three weeks and see where he is after that,” Chiarelli said.
“He’s got a quad strain and he was really close [to returning]. You’ve heard [coach] Claude [Julien] say he’s ready to go and he had good sessions over the break, he just re-aggravated it,” Chiarelli said.
Making a smaller splash at the trade deadline than a 70 pound pre-teen doing a cannon-ball in a public pool, the Bruins may believe that they can get some solid minutes from McQuaid come the playoffs. This report would seem to counter DJ Bean’s this morning who said the team isn’t counting on McQuaid in April.
My thoughts are they had better be counting on McQuaid with such disappointing trade deadline moves. McQuaid is a valuable player on the Bruins and if he can come back, then I believe it helps them tenfold.
The 6’5 209 pound McQuaid played in 30 games this season and had six points and was a plus-12 on the ice. His defensive skills and big body are just what the Bruins are seeking and so give them a break. Yeah, the trade deadline bummed me out too, but not many quality defensemen were moved and maybe that’s because there wasn’t any available.
The Bruins still have an inside track when it comes to making a run, but just like it was before, it will be tough without Seidenberg and a healthy McQuaid. They prioritized keeping the core together and that ideology may help them to acquire a better piece next offseason as opposed to pay big bucks for a mediocre defenseman because teams know you need one.