CHICAGO -- Adam McQuaid made the trip with the rest of his Bruins teammates to Chicago on Thursday afternoon, one day after slamming his head hard off the end boards at the RBC Center in Raleigh during the B's 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
So that part was a positive, but coach Claude Julien wouldnt confirm anything beyond the obvious: McQuaid was pulled from the game with a suspected head injury and was undergoing testing to determine its severity. McQuaid was on the bench for a bit after staggering off the ice, and was only removed for the Quiet Room when a stoppage in play allowed the Bs trainer and player to cross the ice and get to the locker room.
Thats the protocol thats in place and it was addressed properly by the training staff, said Julien. There were no issues there.
The young defenseman looked okay leaving the team hotel on Thursday morning, but he remains a big question mark for Saturday night's game against the Blackhawks.
Hes still being evaluated. We dont have any specifics as we speak, so well keep monitoring him and well go from there, said Julien. Hes with us and hell stay with us going to Chicago, but well see what develops further.
Its being monitored and looked at, and were not 100 percent sure what it is yet.
Some odd wording there, which seems to indicate something is going on that defies an easy explanation.
With McQuaid a question mark against the Blackhawks, it appears Matt Bartkowski will start in his place. David Krejci (core injury) is also out against the Blackhawks, but Julien said not to expect any reinforcement from the Providence Bruins in time for Saturdays game unless calamity happens.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.
*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.
*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.
*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.
*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.
*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.
*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.
*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.