Bruins 'optimistic' McQuaid will return Thursday

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Bruins 'optimistic' McQuaid will return Thursday

WILMINGTON -- Adam McQuaid has been a regular contributor at practice again for the Bruins over the past couple of days after missing four games with a headneck injury. Even Claude Julien said hes optimistic that the rugged defenseman will be able to play in the home-and-home series against the Habs starting Thursday night.

McQuaid tumbled head-first into the boards against the Carolina Hurricanes, appeared close to a return to the Bruins lineup last week and then disappeared from the ice for three days while undergoing a battery of tests. Both the player and the team were careful not to term it a setback, and Julien seems to think that McQuaid will be able to suit up for a couple of pivotal games against a reeling Habs team.

Hes feeling good, said Julien. Its just a question of time here. Im optimistic and thats what Im allowed to be when it comes to him being ready for Thursday. Ive made some comments in the past and theyve come back to bite me, but hes been fine for a few days now. Im very confident that things will keep going in that direction.

Steve Kampfer has played two games during McQuaids absence and has shown a little of the rust one might expect for a player who missed the first six games of the season with a knee injury. McQuaid, meanwhile, has missed all but three games this season. He started it with a virus, and then, almost immediately, he was out of the lineup again after he slammed his head.

Both McQuaid and the Bruins have to be hoping his return to the lineup is a lengthy and healthy one starting Thursday night.

Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

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Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

Joe Haggerty looks at a number of trade possibilities for the Bruins with the NHL deadline little more than a week away

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Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.