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Adam McQuaid rejoins Bruins, available vs. Devils 01.29.13 at 11:14 am ET
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Adam McQuaid was on the ice Tuesday morning at TD Garden after missing Monday night’s game against the Hurricanes due to personal reasons. McQuaid was joined by extra forwards Lane MacDermid and Jay Pandolfo, while Jordan Caron skated earlier in the morning as he continued to work his way back from an upper-body injury.

Following the skate, Claude Julien said that McQuaid is available for Tuesday night against the Devils and that the team will “make a decision today before the game.”

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Adam McQuaid (personal reasons) out vs. Hurricanes 01.27.13 at 12:51 pm ET
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WILMINGTON – Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid will not play Monday night against the Hurricanes due to personal reasons, Claude Julien said after the team’s practice Sunday at Ristuccia Arena.

McQuaid was the only member of the team missing from Sunday’s practice. He is expected back in Boston on Monday night, meaning he should be available for Tuesday’s game at TD Garden against the Devils.

With McQuaid out, Aaron Johnson will play his third game of the season. In stepping in for the injured Dennis Seidenberg against the Jets and Rangers this past week, Johnson played 16:03 and 11:52, respectively, with a minus-1 and a penalty in the team’s overtime loss to the Rangers.

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Adam McQuaid cleared to play, no surprises in morning skate 01.19.13 at 11:40 am ET
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Everybody was on the ice and the lines and defensive pairings were as expected as the Bruins held their morning skate in anticipation of Saturday’s season opener against the Rangers.

Claude Julien said that Adam McQuaid has been given clearance to play after recovering from blood clot surgery over the last few months, so expect to see him in the lineup.

In a bit of obvious news, Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice, meaning he’ll get the nod in net for the B’s. Depth guys Lane MacDermid, Jay Pandolfo and David Warsofsky were also on the ice, meaning everyone was accounted for at the skate.

Based on morning skate, the lines, defensive pairings and goaltenders are as follows:

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin
Chris Bourque – Chris KellyRich Peverley
Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaJohnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg – Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference – Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

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Adam McQuaid: ‘I feel like I’m pretty close’ 01.13.13 at 3:40 pm ET
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The Bruins expect Adam McQuaid to be ready to go for the season-opener as he recovers from blood clot surgery, and the physical blueliner said after Sunday’s practice that he is still continuing to improve as he gets his strength back.

“I feel like I’m pretty close,” McQuaid said. “It’s a different situation, right? But I still feel like every day is honestly getting better and it’s coming pretty quick. We have a little bit of time here, and hopefully another week or so will go a long ways and we’ll see from there. I’d love more than anything to be able to play, but we’ll see.

“I feel like I’m moving pretty good,” he added. “Obviously the strength side of it will just be something I’ll continue to work on, just upper-body strength, but again, that’s something that can come pretty quick.”

McQuaid got surgery in October for a blood clot under his collarbone after his right arm swelled considerably. Though he was locked out at that point due to CBA negations between the NHL and NHLPA, McQuaid was still able to consult Bruins’ doctors on his own without bending rules.

“The physical signs were there. My arm got really swollen, and there was no denying that something was going on, so it was a no-brainer to go get checked out,” he explained. “When I kind of had an idea of what was going on, I got in contact with some of the team doctors just on my own, on behalf of myself. Luckily enough, they worked with me just on a personal level and not with the team. I was pretty fortunate to have those guys watching over everything that was going on.”

As for Peter Chiarelli‘s declaration that McQuaid will play next Saturday against the Rangers, McQuaid said he hopes his general manager is right. After all, McQuaid was in Providence for the 2010 opener and was sick when the B’s opened against the Flyers last season.

“I’m hoping [I can play],” he said. “I haven’t had the opportunity to start a season opener with this team, so I’m hoping that this is going to be the year.”

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Peter Chiarelli says Adam McQuaid should play in season-opener at 10:56 am ET
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Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Sunday morning that he expects defenseman Adam McQuaid, who is recovering from blood clot surgery, to play in next Saturday’s season opener against the Rangers.

McQuaid, who underwent the surgery for a blood clot under his collarbone in October, has been skating with teammates as he’s gotten his strength back. Judging by how he looked on the ice in informal practices at Boston University, he had appeared to have lost weight.

“He’s ready to play. He’s cleared to play now,” Chiarelli said. “I don’t know what level of contact he can take — I haven’t talked to our docs yet — but I think he’s completely ready to play.”

Asked whether he’ll be in the lineup next Saturday, Chiarelli replied, “I would assume so, unless he stinks out there.”

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Aaron Johnson eager to help Bruins however he can 01.10.13 at 5:36 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — While Nathan Horton, Rich Peverley and Daniel Paille were the most notable additions to Thursday’s informal practice at Ristuccia Arena, there was one more new guy in attendance. An actual new guy.

Defenseman Aaron Johnson, who was signed to a two-way contract in the offseason after spending last season in Columbus, made his Ristuccia debut on Thursday, a day after going out to dinner with Shawn Thornton and a number of other Bruins teammates.

Johnson, 29, was signed to be a depth guy for the B’s, but if Adam McQuaid (who is still recovering from blood clot surgery but has been on the ice in recent weeks) is unable to go at the start of the season, Johnson could be in the rotation for the B’s.

In 56 games for the Blue Jackets last season, Johnson had three goals and 13 assists for 16 points and a very Blue Jackets-esque minus-12 rating. He said the Bruins weren’t the only option for him this offseason, but choosing them proved to be an easy decision.

“There was a number of teams, but I just think the experience here and the fact that they won a Stanley Cup and still have a lot of those guys, I think it’s a great opportunity,” he said. “I’m just trying to come in and help as much as possible.

“I think the history speaks for itself here,” he added. “As soon as they came on the list, it was pretty much close the door and sign the contract because when a team like this comes along, you want to jump in and be a part of it.”

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Bruins gear up for training camp 01.07.13 at 1:18 pm ET
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With training camp a matter of days away, a group of Bruins players had some pep in their collective step at an informal practice Monday at Agganis Arena.

Present for the skate was Andrew Ference, Tyler Seguin, Shawn Thornton, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask, Adam McQuaid and Gregory Campbell in addition to a group of local NHLers. McQuaid is still getting his strength back as he recovers from blood clot surgery, but he was taking wrist shots and slapshots Monday.

Seguin said after the skate that “words can’t describe” how much he’s missed the NHL.

“Just from hanging out with the guys, seeing everyone and obviously the game,” he added. “It’s been a long couple months.”

The third-year NHLer said that while he spent plenty of time during the lockout when it was going to be resolved, he also kept the fans in mind.

“I felt sorry [for them],” Seguin said. “I mean, I want to apologize for everything that happened, but hopefully we can move forward from here. Obviously we’re going to play our hearts out the next 48 games and play for the fans out there.”

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