McQuaid (upper body) missing from practice

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McQuaid (upper body) missing from practice

WILMINGTON, MA While Johnny Boychuk and Tuukka Rask made a return to the regular practice session with the Bruins, Bs defenseman Adam McQuaid remains out of the lineup.

McQuaid missed three games after getting blasted from behind on a Jason Chimera charging hit back on March 29, and then lasted slightly more than a period in his first game back against the Ottawa Senators. The Bruins were running under the medical diagnosis that McQuaid simply suffered a bad laceration over his left eye, and that the impact had left his eye swollen shut.

But it appears there is more than that going on. Now Claude Julien admits that McQuaids status is up in the air and that perhaps there is more going on than the original eye injury being disseminated.

The rugged defenseman said he wasnt feeling right at the time of his exit from the win over Ottawa, and hasnt been seen on the ice since. McQuaid has had a history of concussions and neck injuries over the last three years, but the team isnt using the C word to describe the injury.

Its the playoffs, of course, and all injury information is now under top secret lock and key.His situation is up in the air. It could be resolved soon or later, said Claude Julien. Were just being cautious and hes day-to-day. Cautious is the approach the team is taking.Is the team cautiously treating his injury like a concussion?

Chiarelli addressed it yesterday and we keep going back to the same guys. Its day-to-day. Its playoff time and its day-to-day, said Julien. Its an upper body injury. If you really want to ask the question then its an upper-body injury.

The Bruins obviously have plenty of depth along the defensemen corps with Greg Zanon and Mike Mottau in tow, so they have plenty of solutions if McQuaid needs a little time to get back to good health.

Olynyk hasn’t decided if he’ll have shoulder surgery

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Olynyk hasn’t decided if he’ll have shoulder surgery

WALTHAM, Mass. – Kelly Olynyk will consult with additional doctors before deciding whether to have offseason surgery on his right shoulder.
 
The injury kept him out for 12 games in the regular season and he re-aggravated it in Boston’s first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.
 
“I felt like it was improving,” Olynyk said following his exit interview on Friday. “I had games where it would feel good, games it wouldn’t. It would get hit every game and kind of pinch, set you back. It was tough. It never felt 100 percent the whole time; it never felt 80. It’s tough going down that stretch of games. You want to be at your best when your best is needed.”
 
In the regular season, Olynyk averaged 10 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent on 3s.
 
But in the six game series against the Hawks (he missed two games with the shoulder injury), the 7-foot center only scored just two points on 1-for-9 shooting.
 
As for surgery, Olynyk – like most of us – would much rather not have surgery if possible.
 
“It’s always an option when you have an injury of certain degrees,” Olynyk said. “If you can make sure it’s healthy without it, then it’s healthy without it.”
 
Depending on whether he has surgery will potentially impact his availability for the start of next season.
 
Regardless, Olynyk will do what he always does in the offseason — focus on ways to get better.
 
As he addressed the media, he had papers in his hand that included his stats from this season as well as other information pertinent to his offseason.
 
“Stuff to improve” was how Olynyk described the papers.
 
And as he began to elaborate, he grinned, “stuff mostly to improve.”
 
Like a cleaner bill of health, something that would bode well for both Olynyk and the Celtics.