Things 'looking good' for McQuaid return

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Things 'looking good' for McQuaid return

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com
WILMINGTON, Mass. Adam McQuaid missed the final two games of the series against the Philadelphia Flyers after suffering a sprained neck following a scary collision head-first into the Wells Fargo Center boards, but it appears the rangy 6-foot-5 defenseman will be ready to return once the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning begin.Coach Claude Julien said it was "looking good" for a McQuaid return.Veteran defenseman Shane Hnidy played a grand total of 5:15 of ice time in the two games skating in place of McQuaid against the Flyers, meaning Julien basically went to a rotation of five defensemen once McQuaid went down.McQuaid made steady progress after going down and had skated for the first time on Friday in the morning prior to their Game 4 win over the Flyers that capped off the sweep at TD Garden. The hard-hitting defenseman is averaging 12:48 of ice time in the playoffs, and has three assists along with a plus-4 and seven shots on net in nine games thus far in the postseason as one of Bostons six trusted blue liners.The Bruins should be able to go with the highly successful pairings of Zdeno CharaDennis Seidenberg, Andrew FerenceJohnny Boychuk and Tomas KaberleAdam McQuaid against a Tampa Bay team looking to light them up on the scoreboard. Things are looking really good for McQuaid, so hopefully hell be back for the Tampa series, said Julien, as McQuaid skated on the Ristuccia Arena ice Sunday morning with the Black Ace reserves for the Bruins.
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Tuesday, June 28: Stamkos to the Bruins isn't happening

Tuesday, June 28: Stamkos to the Bruins isn't happening

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while the parade of RFAs without qualifying offers wait for July 1 free agency.

*The Eric Lindros induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame finally puts the debate to bed over a controversial player with dominant seasons, serious injuries and some potential unrealized when it was all said and done.

*A list of the top 5 reasons why Steven Stamkos is going to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

*A list of the top reasons why Steven Stamkos is going to re-sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Notice there is no list of the top reasons why Stamkos is going to sign with the Boston Bruins because it is not going to happen. 

*Goalie Jack Campbell is traded away from the Dallas Stars, but has nothing but positive things to say about the organization.

*Matt Cullen will put off retirement after winning the Stanley Cup, and hopes to re-sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

*Congrats to Ron Maclean and David Amber splitting the hosting duties for Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays. A great example of two classy pros, though I also think that Strombo did a good job under challenging circumstances the last couple of years.

*Andrew Shaw signs a six-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens that will insure he’s an aggravating pest in the Habs/Bruins rivalry for a long time to come. 

*For something completely different: Peyton Manning pays his respects to legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt on the day of her passing.

Dupont: If Bruins throw money at Stamkos, they move Krejci

Dupont: If Bruins throw money at Stamkos, they move Krejci

Kevin Paul Dupont joins Michael Felger on Sports Tonight to give his opinion on whether or not the Boston Bruins should sign Steven Stamkos and what other moves could be coming down the road this offseason.