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.