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McQuaid unveils concussion kept him out of playoffs

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McQuaid unveils concussion kept him out of playoffs

BOSTON -- Adam McQuaid is used to playing through injuries.

Being banged up is one thing. Having a concussion is another.

That's what ended Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid's season. He revealed that during Friday's break-up day at the TD Garden.

McQuaid took a vicious hit behind his own net from Jason Chimera on March 29. He missed three games, and then returned in a limited role on April 5 in Ottawa, the second-to-last game of the regular season.

That would be the last time McQuaid saw the ice.

"Originally, I wasn't feeling too bad," said McQuaid on Friday. "And then some concussion symptoms came up. I'm feeling much better than I was, much better. So, I'll take care of myself this summer. And I think there will be absolutely no issues in a short period of time."

McQuaid said he felt "helpless" watching his Bruins lose their first-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals. He also said that if the B's season extended past the first round, it was looking as if he could have returned.

"The progression that we were making, all signs were pointing to getting back, at least getting back to testing myself out," he said.

McQuaid is expected to make a full recovery in the very near future. But he's learned not to mess with concussions, even if he's used to playing through injuries, saying that, "the hardest part is to be honest with yourself."

"I just wasn't feeling as well as I thought I would," said McQuaid. "It was tough to tell the trainers, but I felt like I had to, and we just looked further into it. It's something that you can't necessarily play through. It's not smart to. And hopefully I can play for many more years. I don't want to jeopardize that."

Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

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Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while watching the worlds of sports and politics collide this weekend.

-- Can former Boston University standout Clayton Keller become the NHL’s newest rookie sensation for the Arizona Coyotes? The skills and the skating are certainly there, but we’ll have to see if he can remain in one piece all season with a middling team around him.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Kris Letang returning to the Penguins on Sunday. It still blows my mind that Pittsburgh was able to win the Cup without him in its lineup last spring.

-- Speaking of the Penguins, they say they will accept the White House invitation to visit after last year’s Cup win, and offer a pretty non-committal statement about what’s going on in the other three major sports right now.

-- It was a tremendously successful opening of Little Caesar’s Arena for the Detroit Red Wings last night as they stomped the Bruins in preseason action.

-- The Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri is out to prove that last season wasn’t a one-year wonder.

-- For something completely different: Good to see another Stoneham guy getting some accolades for a dead-on impersonation.