BOSTON – The Bruins will be shutting Adam McQuaid down for a 2-3 week period with the hope that they can ramp him up for the postseason as he heals from what general manager Peter Chiarelli termed a “quad strain” on Wednesday afternoon.
McQuaid hasn’t played since Jan. 19 when he re-aggravated the injury in a shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. He has missed 31 games thus far this season with his assortment of lower body issues.
“He’s got a quad strain and it’s just – he was just really close. You’ve heard Claude [Julien] talk about ‘ready, and ready to go and stuff’ and he had good sessions over the Olympic break,” said Chiarelli. “He just re-aggravated it.
“We had something similar with Jared Knight last year, and you just have to basically shut that player down for a couple weeks and rest. He came around. But I don’t know, that’s what I expect would happen.”
Knight was limited to 10 regular season games with the Providence Bruins last year because of the quad problems, but he did manage to regain full health for the playoffs after he was completely shut down around last year’s All-Star break. Clearly the hope with McQuaid is that they can ramp him up slowly, and have him 100 percent healthy once the Stanley Cup playoffs get going at the end of April.
But any more setbacks would make him a health question mark for the postseason, and is part of the reason Chiarelli and the Bruins picked up defenseman Corey Potter on waivers from the Edmonton Oilers. With four NHL-caliber defensemen on the left side and five NHL-caliber defensemen on the right side, the Bruins have the kind of depth Chiarelli was looking for headed into the trade deadline.
“We brought in two guys [Potter and Andrej Meszaros], two big guys that can both move the puck, and both push bodies down low and stuff,” said Chiarelli. “For me the defense isn’t about one player — it’s about the group as a whole and how they interact. That’s the way our system is, and that’s the way our coach is.
“These guys both are smart players, so it may take them some time — it usually takes some time for the D to adapt to our system when new D that was brought in. I expect the same to happen with these two, but it’s a good system. It’s a system of trust, and I know they can both contribute to the group.”