Julien: B's 'have to make a decision' on injured McQuaid

Julien: B's 'have to make a decision' on injured McQuaid
March 20, 2014, 7:30 pm
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DENVER – Adam McQuaid is working diligently on a return to the Bruins lineup from a “strained quad” that’s plagued his entire season. It appears the team will be looking to make a decision on the defenseman sometime soon. The Bruins shut down McQuaid at the beginning of March and the team had reached the two-week mark on Thursday.

Claude Julien didn’t have an immediate answer on McQuaid as he’s attempted to prepare his team for weekend games against the Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes, but said the rugged blue-liner is headed “in the right direction.”

“We’re going to have to make a decision at some point. The reason we shut him down was to get him back on course,” said Julien. “He’s been working off-ice longer and longer every day, so as far as I know he’s going in the right direction.

“He’s stayed back with our trainers and is working out in that way.”

McQuaid has missed 39 games this season with the lower body injury and will miss both games this weekend while remaining back in Boston. The B’s defenseman had a setback while attempting to return in early March after rest and rehab on the Olympic break didn’t really help things like the team had hoped.

The Bruins could certainly utilize McQuaid’s size, strength and nastiness in the defensive zone for their playoff push, but were forced to pick up Corey Potter on waivers from Edmonton given McQuaid's uncertain health.