McQuaid still staying off the ice

McQuaid still staying off the ice
March 26, 2014, 2:15 pm
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WILMINGTON -- Adam McQuaid was once again missing from the practice ice at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday morning, and doesn’t sound like he’s much closer to re-joining the team. The rangy defenseman is still doing dry land exercises while attempting to come back from a strained quad injury that’s caused him to miss 41 games this season, but he still isn’t skating just yet.

“[There is] nothing for an update. He’s still working out off the ice, but he hasn’t been on the ice yet,” said Claude Julien.

McQuaid hasn’t played in a game since a Jan. 19 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, and was shut down following a setback coming out of the Olympic break.

It seems likely that the Bruins medical staff is simply waiting to get a little closer to the playoffs, and then ramp McQuaid up one last time with the hope that he can add to Boston’s blueline depth for the playoffs.

There will clearly always be a need for players with McQuaid’s size and strength during the playoffs just in case of injuries, but rugged, hard-hitting Kevan Miller has taken his top-six spot with some impressive play over the last four months.

McQuaid will make an appearance at the Cuts for a Cause event on Wednesday, however, and got his customary high bid from Bruins fans hoping for another chance to create a playoff mullet.