McQuaid 'getting pretty close' to a return to B's lineup

McQuaid 'getting pretty close' to a return to B's lineup
December 20, 2013, 1:00 pm
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WILMINGTON – Adam McQuaid once again skated with the Bruins on Friday morning at Ristuccia Arena, and the B’s stay-at-home defenseman hasn’t been ruled out for Saturday night’s tilt against the Buffalo Sabres.

McQuaid has missed seven games and counting with a groin injury that he re-aggravated after missing an initial eight games with the lower body issue, but he’s been pushing harder in practice to return.

“He’s getting pretty close,” said Claude Julien. “I think, honestly, it’s a matter of game-to-game right now. I don’t know yet if [Saturday] is a possibility, but I wouldn’t write him off.”

With Kevan Miller back down in Providence after approaching the 10-game waiver limit for emergency recalls, the Bruins could certainly use McQuaid’s strong, snarling defensive presence. But they’re also not going to rush back a defenseman that had never experienced any groin muscle issues prior to this season.

David Warsofsky is now taking his turn as McQuaid’s replacement in the B’s lineup, and he’s a smaller, lighter defenseman than either Miller or McQuaid. So there’s a little urgency to get the 6-foot-5, 210-pound McQuaid back into the fold, but the Bruins also want to take the extra time to avoid another setback in an injury that can linger with a hockey player if it’s not properly treated.

McQuaid has missed a total of 17 games this season due to injuries, and has three points and a plus-7 in his 18 games played with just a shade under 16 minute of ice time per game.