McQuaid pulled back from Bruins practice

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McQuaid pulled back from Bruins practice

BOSTON -- Adam McQuaid was absent from Tuesdays pregame warm-up skate and Wednesdays practice on the TD Garden ice, but Claude Julien was hesitant to use the word setback when discussing the defensemans head injury.

McQuaid has now missed two games because a headneck injury suffered against the Carolina Hurricanes last week during a head-first tumble into the boards, and appears doubtful for Thursday nights game against the Leafs after being very close to suiting up against the 'Canes. It could be the Bruins expressing extra caution while treating McQuaids injury like a concussion, or it could be that a symptom cropped up for the rough-and-tumble defenseman at the very last moment.

Either way, it appears that McQuaid will sit out another game or two before he returns to the lineup.

I thought he was certainly as close as could be to coming back, but there are some issues where weve pulled him back again," said Julien. "So its a little bit longer than we predicted and thats one of the reasons I dont like giving updates. Those things change on a daily basis.

Id say McQuaid is day-to-day, but you didnt see him out there today because we pulled him back. There are no signs of a concussion and there no signs of not having it. It looks more like the neck issue, but were dealing with it like a concussion. Hes gone through a bunch of protocols that hes passed, but the last decisions goes to the player. Im not saying its up to him, but he gets the final say. Doctors can clear him all they want, but if I dont feel like hes ready to go and he doesnt feel like hes 100 percent then you hold him back.

While McQuaid appears unlikely to suit up against Toronto no matter what the situation, Steve Kampfer may be nearing a return and could be a potential game-time decision for the Bs amid the struggles of Matt Bartkowski. Kampfer has been out for the entire season with a sprained left MCL, but could be ready given the dire straits the B's find themselves in for a sixth defenseman.

Kampfer has been cleared for contact, and now its up to the training staff for him to make his season debut.

Hes probably going to be a guy that well have an opinion from the doctors on whether hes a game time decision for tomorrow, said Julien.

Whether its Kampfer or a 100 percent healthy McQuaid, the Bruins need somebody to supplant the young Bartkowski -- and the tough mistakes hes been making with minimal minutes for the Bs this season.

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.