McQuaid 'very doubtful' to return before break

McQuaid 'very doubtful' to return before break
February 3, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Adam McQuaid was injured Jan. 19 and hasn't played since. He's been shut down for the next 2-3 weeks.

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WILMINGTON -- Adam McQuaid hasn’t been on the ice in over two weeks, and he has missed six games with a leg injury suffered on Jan. 19 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

It appears he’ll miss at least three more games as well.

McQuaid missed Monday morning’s team practice at Ristuccia Arena, and Claude Julien said following the workout session that the B’s defenseman is “very doubtful” to return to the lineup prior to the Olympic break.

McQuaid is tentatively scheduled to get back onto the ice toward the end of this week, but that wouldn’t give him enough time with their final game against the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 8.

“He hasn’t started skating yet, so to me it would be very doubtful that he would be able to play before the break,” said Julien. “When I checked on him today they weren’t putting him on the ice, and [the training staff] said he’d skate sometime this week.

“He’s been out too long for me to throw him out there, so I’d be very surprised to see him.”

Kevan Miller has played solidly in McQuaid’s spot, and has been so steady and physical in place of the stay-at-home McQuaid that the Bruins signed the rookie to a two-year one-way contract extension.

Zdeno Chara will play Tuesday night against the Canucks, but then will be headed to Sochi for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, missing Boston’s final two regular season games between the Blues and the Senators. It was thought the Bruins might try to fast-track McQuaid’s recovery so he could add some defensive zone size and strength in Chara’s absence, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to be possible.

McQuaid has missed a grand total of 24 games in an injury-plagued season due to lower-body injuries including a pair of long stints due to groin muscle ailments. The two-week plus Olympic break will give McQuaid some additional time to recover from his injuries before things get really busy for the rest of the NHL regular season in the months of March and April.