WILMINGTON -- In what's been the land of the walking wounded over the last few weeks, Adam McQuaid is one player making steady progress from the lower-body injury that’s dogged him over the last couple of months.
McQuaid began skating on his own last week, but rejoined his B’s teammates in a skate for the first time on Monday at Ristuccia Arena. For a player that originally missed eight games with the groin injury and has now missed another six games most recently after re-aggravating the issue, McQuaid is understandably measured in his excitement about the progress being made.
“I’m coming along. Today is the first day with the team again” said McQuaid. “Obviously it’s nice to take that step back out there with the guys, and kind of do some line rush stuff and game action stuff. [It’s] very similar to last time. It’s just kind of a day-to-day process and see how things react.”
It’s clearly a learning process for the B’s 27-year-old stay-at-home defenseman, who has never been through this particular kind of injury prior to this season. McQuaid’s biggest goal is to really take his time and make sure he stays in the lineup when he does return from the injured reserve. Kevan Miller has played solidly in his place, giving McQuaid the luxury of time in his recovery.
“He was out there with us today, and he’s certainly making progress,” said Claude Julien. "But that was also his first time out there practicing with us, so obviously we’ll have to be extremely careful with him the second time around. We’re going to make sure he’s 100 percent before we throw him back in there.”
That kind of patience can be difficult for a competitive guy like McQuaid, but it’s clear he’s going to be absent a few more than the 14 games missed he's already logged.