Adam McQuaid missed the entire playoff series against the Washington Capitals with a concussion that he suffered during the regular season, and theres no doubt his size and strength was missed.
There was also concern because the Bruins defenseman attempted to return from his head injury during the regular season, but he lasted just one period in a road game against the Ottawa Senators before pulling the plug. The concussion stemmed from a March 29 hit at the hands of Washington forward Jason Chimera when the Caps winger charged McQuaid from behind after hopping over the bench and making a B-line for the defenseman.
There was concern how long McQuaid's post-concussion symptoms would linger into the offseason, especially since he's suffered multiple concussions in his young NHL career.
The rugged blueliner told CSNNE.com that hes been clear of concussion symptoms for the last two weeks, and he has been feeling good while resuming his normal workouts.
Ive been feeling like myself pretty much for a few weeks now, said McQuaid. Im feeling pretty good and starting to ramp up the training. Everything has been good thus far.
The 6-foot-5, 209-pounder finished last season with 10 points (2 goals and 8 assists) in 72 games while also finishing with a plus-16 rating and a growing reputation as one of the most fearsome punchers in the game.
The concussion stuff is perhaps a greater concern for a player that relies so much on his physicality, but it would appear the 25-year-old is well on his way to going through a full, healthy offseason.
Now THIS is old-time hockey!
There's bad blood between the Bruins' David Backes and the Stars' Jamie Benn that goes back a long way, most recently in last spring's Dallas-St. Louis playoff series when Backes was still with the Blues. They met again today -- and the ungodly (hockey) hour of 11:30 a.m. Dallas time -- for a nationally televised game between Backes' new team, the Bruins, and the Stars.
And it didn't take long for the two to renew acquaintances . . .
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.
-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.
-- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.