Bruins might hold Adam McQuaid out through Christmas break
|12.18.13 at 2:21 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Adam McQuaid continues to progress as he works his way back from a reaggravation of a lower-body injury, but the B’s might wait until after Christmas to get him back into their lineup as a means of giving him a few extra days.
The Bruins have three games before Christmas, with their last game before the holiday next Monday in Nashville. They won’t pick up their schedule until next Friday at home against the Senators
McQuaid will not play Thursday against the Sabres, so by holding him out two more games, the Bruins will allow McQuaid to stay out of game action an extra three days during the break without actually missing any games in that span.
“It might end up like that,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday. “So, we have three games left. We’ll see how it goes, but that might be the decision.”
McQuaid, who has missed the Bruins’ last seven games, has been skating since last Wednesday and skating with his teammates since Monday. He isn’t sure if he needs to wait too much longer before getting back into the lineup, but he knows he isn’t ready now.
“I think it’s just about when I’m ready I’ll be ready kind of thing,” he said. “Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later. ‘¦ Each day I do a little more and it’s just how I react to it. Hopefully it will continue to be positive and I can get back playing soon.”
McQuaid initially missed eight games after suffering his injury on Nov. 7 against the Maple Leafs. He returned to the lineup on Nov. 27 but saw the same injury pop up in just his third game back. Given that, he has said it might be worth it to be extra careful with coming back again.
The 27-year-old did say that he is noticing progress each day as he skates, noting that he’s noticed a difference from Monday, his first practice with teammates, to Wednesday.
“Yeah, I do,” he said. “Especially today, I felt pretty good. I feel good about that. It’s been tough to be patient with this, but I know that it’s the right thing and that it will help me in the long run.”
With McQuaid still out and Kevan Miller being sent back to Providence Wednesday, David Warsofsky will play Thursday.