BOSTON – Bruins coach Claude Julien hasn’t been very willing to give updates on injured B’s players since the beginning of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and that hasn’t changed in regard to Adam McQuaid or Chris Kelly.
The Bruins released the details McQuaid's injury a bit later on Sunday afternoon: the defenseman, out since Jan. 19, had successful arthroscopic surgery on Thursday on his right ankle. His expected recovery time is eight weeks. So, he likely has not shot at returning for the playoffs.
Kelly has been out since April 8 with a back injury and still hasn’t returned to the ice. McQuaid's injury had been called a strained quad.
McQuaid was spotted by several media members – including CSNNE reporter Mike Giardi -- prior to Game 2 on Saturday wearing some sort of leg/foot cast, along with a set of crutches.
Julien indicated that Kelly is improving each and every day toward a return to the lineup.
“Chris Kelly has come along,” said Julien. “Every day is a better day for him, and that’s basically all I can tell you about him.”
Kelly has been spotted walking around the B’s dressing room in recent weeks, but is walking very stiffly, like an individual battling some kind of uncomfortable lower-back injury.