Injured McQuaid to miss Saturday's game

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Injured McQuaid to miss Saturday's game

CHICAGO Adam McQuaid, suffering from headaches after banging his head against the boards in Carolina during Wednesday nights loss, will miss his second game of the season Saturday night when the Bruins face the Blackhawks.

Coach Claude Julien said McQuaid's problem was more of a neck injury than a concussion, but the Bruins were going to treat it as a concussion given the symptoms being exhibited by the 24-year-old defenseman. Julien also said the injury was similar to the neck injury suffered by McQuaid during last years playoff series against the Flyers, which knocked him out of the final two games of that postseason series.In that instance McQuaid was looking to finish a hit on Mike Richards behind the Boston net, and instead tumbled head-first into the boards when Richards side-stepped the B's defenseman.

Hes still suffering some headaches," said Julien. "Right now its a neck pain, so its really hard to diagnosis whats going on. We dont know if its definitely a concussion or a neck straight suffered during the fall.

Hes still day-to-day taking the cautious route, and treating it like it was a concussion. Hes feeling better every day and if it is a concussion then its probably a mild one. But were treating it cautiously.

With McQuaid on the shelf, Matt Bartkowski will be getting another chance to fill in as the sixth defenseman. Bartkowski played 8:22 against the Flyers on opening night as the Bruins went largely with a five-man defense rotation, and that may be the way things play out again at the United Center.

Backes: Most of the talk has me playing center for Bruins

Backes: Most of the talk has me playing center for Bruins

David Backes on the Felger and Mazz show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, and simulcast on CSN, tells fill-in hosts Jim Murray and Greg Dickerson there has also been some discussion with the Bruins of putting him on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

Watch the video above for more. 

Bruins lose Stempniak, Eriksson, others in free agency

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Bruins lose Stempniak, Eriksson, others in free agency

The Bruins lost a number of free agents on after the market opened at noontime. None bigger than Loui Eriksson signing a six-year, $36 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks to play with the Sedin Twins.

It’s the exact level of term and salary that Eriksson said he was looking for from the Bruins in contract negotiations around the trade deadline, but the Bruins never really moved from their offer of a four-year deal at comparable money.

The Bruins will miss the 30-goal production and solid all-around, two-way play from Eriksson as he heads to the West Coast, but they also traded in a passive player in Eriksson for an in-your-face, physical leader in David Backes on a five-year deal. 

Backes is much more of a Bruins-style player than Eriksson could have ever hoped to have been. That part of it is a win for a Bruins fan base that wants intensity and physicality from their players.

The Bruins also watched Jonas Gustavsson sign a one-year, $800,000 contract with Peter Chiarelli and the Edmonton Oilers, Brett Connolly sign a one-year deal for $850,000 with the Washington Capitals, Zach Trotman signs a one-year deal for $950,000 and Lee Stempniak ink a two-year, $5 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes after being a non-contract training camp invite with New Jersey last season.

Sweeney had maintained as late as Thursday that he was still keeping ties with many of Boston’s free agents prior to the noon opening of the free agent market, but clearly that’s changed.

“We’ll continue to have talks and sort of figure out where things may go. We’ve had talks with a number of players to see what they would like to see as the opportunity here or what we see as a fit,” said Sweeney on the Torey Krug conference call on Thursday night. “I haven’t ruled absolutely any of that out; just haven’t found common ground and obviously it gets harder and harder as we go further along in the process.”