Bruins 'optimistic' McQuaid will return Thursday

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Bruins 'optimistic' McQuaid will return Thursday

WILMINGTON -- Adam McQuaid has been a regular contributor at practice again for the Bruins over the past couple of days after missing four games with a headneck injury. Even Claude Julien said hes optimistic that the rugged defenseman will be able to play in the home-and-home series against the Habs starting Thursday night.

McQuaid tumbled head-first into the boards against the Carolina Hurricanes, appeared close to a return to the Bruins lineup last week and then disappeared from the ice for three days while undergoing a battery of tests. Both the player and the team were careful not to term it a setback, and Julien seems to think that McQuaid will be able to suit up for a couple of pivotal games against a reeling Habs team.

Hes feeling good, said Julien. Its just a question of time here. Im optimistic and thats what Im allowed to be when it comes to him being ready for Thursday. Ive made some comments in the past and theyve come back to bite me, but hes been fine for a few days now. Im very confident that things will keep going in that direction.

Steve Kampfer has played two games during McQuaids absence and has shown a little of the rust one might expect for a player who missed the first six games of the season with a knee injury. McQuaid, meanwhile, has missed all but three games this season. He started it with a virus, and then, almost immediately, he was out of the lineup again after he slammed his head.

Both McQuaid and the Bruins have to be hoping his return to the lineup is a lengthy and healthy one starting Thursday night.

Tuesday, Sept. 27: Jumbo Joe energizes Team Canada

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Tuesday, Sept. 27: Jumbo Joe energizes Team Canada

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering exactly what “semi-exact” means.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper has a piece on Jumbo Joe Thornton bringing an ageless energy to Team Canada.

*If you’re wondering where former B’s farmhand goaltender Jeremy Smith ended up, he’s now with the Colorado Avalanche.

*The Hockey News believes that the Bruins will be back in the playoffs this season after a two-year absence.

*While I appreciate the Hockey News linking to my work, I feel like it’s a key piece of info that I’m the Bruins Insider for CSN New England and not NESN.

*Is Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger the man with the plan to defeat a Team Canada juggernaut in the World Cup of Hockey.

*Dustin Byfuglien had an interesting take on the World Cup after flaming out with Team USA: “It is what it is. I didn’t really enjoy it.”

*For something completely different: this is not your father’s Converse, but it’s a sleek look that the kids are gonna love.