McQuaid misses B's practice with lower-body injury

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McQuaid misses B's practice with lower-body injury

WILMINGTON, Mass. Adam McQuaid was a new Bruins body missing from practice on Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena, and may be a question mark for Thursday nights game against the Carolina Hurricanes with a lower body injury.

McQuaid caught his skate in a rut on the TD Garden ice late in the third period of Bostons 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators, and it appears the Bs dont yet have a definitive answer on his status for Thursdays game.

It might have been assumed McQuaid suffered an injury during his hard-hitting fight with Sens center Zenon Konopka Tuesday night, but Bs coach Claude Julien said that wasnt the case. He finished with 14:39 of ice time in the game and didnt finish things up after suffering the injury in the games final minutes.

He got injured last night, so we felt it was better to keep him off the ice today, said Julien. Well reevaluate his situation tomorrow morning.

In the good news department, Andrew Ference is returning from the suspended list for Thursday nights home game against Carolina and would off-set the potential loss of the rugged McQuaid if he cant play.

It was late in the third period he hit a rut and came off the ice there a little shaken up, said Julien. Were just evaluating him right now and hopefully we can get him back on the ice tomorrow.

The 25-year-old McQuaid missed a handful of games early in the season with an illness and a neck injury, but had been relatively healthy since the month of October.

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

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Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took to the practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Friday with all but one player. 

Wideout Danny Amendola was the only player not present at the session. Newly-acquired receiver Griff Whalen was present and wearing No. 14. 

Safety Jordan Richards was back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 12. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Elandon Roberts (hamstring), Eric Rowe (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in practice on Thursday, but were on the field Friday.