McQuaid being 'ramped up off ice', could skate soon

McQuaid being 'ramped up off ice', could skate soon
March 28, 2014, 4:45 pm
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WILMINGTON – While Claude Julien wouldn’t put a timetable on his return, he did say that Adam McQuaid is “ramping things up” off the ice and could attempt to hop back on the ice within the next few days. McQuaid hasn’t played in a game since re-aggravating a strained quad in the Jan. 19 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, and hasn’t been seen on the ice at all since suffering a setback shortly after the end of the Olympic break in late February.

“He’s being ramped up off ice, and he’s going in the right direction as we speak,” said McQuaid. “I don’t know exactly when you’ll see him on the ice, but right now things are going well for him. All I know is that he’s doing well on the ice, and probably within a few days [the medical staff is] probably going to put him back on the ice. I’m not going to hold that back. When I find out he’s going on the ice soon, then I’ll let you guys know.”

McQuaid has one goal and 6 points along with a plus-12 rating this season, but has missed 43 games with a strained quadriceps that has never truly healed since he strained in the first few months of the season. Kevan Miller has stepped into his bottom pairing job alongside Torey Krug, and shown the same kind of punishing physicality and fearsome fighting ability that McQuaid was known for.

While McQuaid clearly won’t be among the top six defensemen to start the playoffs for Boston, he could be a valuable depth player on the right side he can finally get back to full health after not playing at all in nearly three months.