|Adam McQuaid not feeling Blue since Jackets traded him||11.17.11 at 12:57 pm ET|
Adam McQuaid never got to play for the team that drafted him, but all things considered, he doesn’t mind it.
McQuaid, a second-round pick of the Blue Jackets (55th overall) in 2005, was still playing junior hockey for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL when he was traded to the Bruins for a fifth-round draft pick on May 16, 2007.
From the moment he was drafted, McQuaid was able to add a jersey to his NHL dream. He saw himself one day manning the blue line for Columbus, but it was not be.
“Obviously, you hope the team that you get drafted by, you envision yourself being with that team,” McQuaid said after Thursday’s morning skate. “You go to camp, and you go back to junior, your mindset is on eventually someday playing with that team. Probably a little disappointed, but at the same time, it’s pretty hard to be disappointed when you come to a team like Boston, and you think about how there’s so much history in the organization. That was probably the biggest difference between the two at the time.”
McQuaid said he wasn’t necessarily upset when he was traded, but that it was something he didn’t see coming.
“More surprised than anything. I never really gave it a thought,” he said. “My whole focus was on someday playing with the Blue Jackets. Trades happen. Everyone knows that’s the business side of the game. As soon as the trade happens, you shift the focus to a new organization. I was pretty happy with where I ended up going.”
“Pretty happy” eventually became “really happy” for McQuaid. After spending two seasons developing in Providence, McQuaid began getting opportunities in the NHL with the Bruins in the 2009-10 season. He then played 67 regular season games for the B’s in 2010-11, cementing his place on the squad and winning the Stanley Cup with the team in June.
“I kind of always look at things as ‘everything happens for a reason'” McQuaid said. “Coming to Boston, they helped developed me and worked with me on my skating, puck skills, the areas that I needed to work on in order to make it to this level. Looking back, I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out.”
|Adam McQuaid leaves early; maintenance days for Rich Peverley, Dennis Seidenberg||11.02.11 at 2:15 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and forward Rich Peverley were the only two to not take the ice for Wednesday’s practice at TD Garden, with Claude Julien saying afterward that he had given the two players maintenance days.
Adam McQuaid, meanwhile, left the practice early after he was cut on the chin, but there didn’t seem to be much concern from Julien’s end.
Aside from Peverley being out, the forward lines were the same.
Benoit Pouliot – Chris Kelly – Jordan Caron
Also, if you have access to today’s Globe or Bostonglobe.com, you have to check out Fluto Shinzawa’s story on how being a sportswriter furthers his conquests as a foodie. A great, off-beat read from one of the best in the business. Significantly better than my attempt.
|Gameday notes: Adam McQuaid likely in, who’s in net?||10.27.11 at 12:00 pm ET|
The Bruins and Canadiens are set to face off for the first time this season Thursday at TD Garden. The 2-5-2 Habs are coming off a win against the Flyers Wednesday, while the 3-5-0 B’s haven’t played since Saturday’s loss to the Sharks.
Adam McQuaid (neck) has been medically cleared to play, with Claude Julien saying the “possibility of him playing is probably very good.” Julien said all seven defenseman will take the ice for warmups. If McQuaid is in, Steven Kampfer is out.
Here are a few other notes:
– The team left the morning skate in a single-file line, with Tuukka Rask the first goalie in line. That makes it tougher to tell whether he’ll be in net Thursady, but the guess here is that it’s only logical. Rask hasn’t started in nine days, and it might be better to let Thomas play in Montreal given Rask’s struggles there on March 8 of last season.
Peter Budaj was on the ice with the Canadiens’ scratches Thursday morning, so assume workhorse Carey Price will be in net vs. the B’s.
– Everyone was on the ice for the Bruins, and the forward lines remain the same as in Wednesday’s practice.
– This will be the fourth time this season that the B’s are hosting a team who played the previous night. The Bruins are 2-1-0 in those games, as they beat the Lightning and Leafs and fell to the Sharks.
– Benoit Pouliot will be facing his former Montreal mates for the first time. In his lone career game against a former team, March 20 of last season against the Wild, Pouliot racked up three points, all assists.
– This will be the first time Max Pacioretty share the ice since Chara ended the Habs winger’s season last March 8. Julien said the team’s main feeling on the situation is one of happiness that Pacioretty is healthy.
|Practice notes: Mark Recchi stops by, Adam McQuaid ‘symptom-free’||10.26.11 at 1:48 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Adam McQuaid was declared “symptom-free” by head coach Claude Julien after the defenseman once again. He will be a game-time decision when the Bruins play the first game of a home-and-home against the struggling Canadiens on Thursday.
McQuaid has played in only three games this season, missing the season-opener with an illness and being held out of the last four games with a neck injury that the team had been treating as a concussion.
Some other notes from practice:
– Retired forward Mark Recchi was in the house at Ristuccia Arena, sitting up top with management as he watched his former team prepare for the Habs. No word on how he feels about Max Pacioretty‘s wrist injury.
– Julien said his move to switch Rich Peverley and Nathan Horton was done in an effort to create a little more depth and a little more production. Peverley got off to a good start this season when skating with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, so getting that line going would be big for the B’s. Marchand has been held without a point in the last four games, and said after practice that if he can get going, as an energy player he can create a ripple effect on the rest of the team.
Krejci said he hasn’t liked the start he’s gotten off to, so the move to have Horton with he and Benoit Pouliot isn’t all about just getting Horton going.
– Speaking of Marchand, he and the other players to visit Children’s Hospital Tuesday weighed in on the experience and their costumes. The best line came from Marchand, who said there was a child who honestly thought Zdeno Chara was dressed as an alien in his bunny costume. Marchand was Prince Charming, and asked why he wasn’t Aladdin for the sake of skipping out on a shirt, said that Adam McQuaid‘s Fred Flinstone costume was too similar.
– Some of our friends in the Montreal media are in town already, with one asking Chara about potentially playing against Pacioretty if he is indeed healthy enough to go in one of the upcoming games. Chara responded by saying, “I’m just happy to play the game.”
– The Bruins worked on the shootout late in practice, with Horton providing perhaps the prettiest of goals when he beat Tim Thomas glove-side.
– Tyler Seguin broke a pane of glass with a wrist-shot in practice. That’s a heck of a shot when it’s on net.
|Claude Julien optimistic Adam McQuaid will play against Canadiens||10.24.11 at 12:56 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — One bit of good news for the Bruins as their schedule sees a break in game action until Thursday is that it gives injured defenseman Adam McQuaid more time to recover from his neck injury.
McQuaid has been considered day-to-day for some time since his injury, which was suffered when he crashed into the boards Oct. 12 in Carolina. He was considered a game-time decision last Tuesday against the Hurricanes, but after taking part in the team’s morning skate was not on the ice for warmups that night. He went on to miss Thursday’s game against the Maple Leafs, and after returning to practice on Friday did not play Saturday against the Sharks.
“He’s feeling good, so it’s just a question of time here. I guess I’m optimistic, and that’s what I’m allowed to be as far as him being ready for Thursday,” coach Claude Julien said. “I’ve kind of made some comments in the past, and it’s kind of come back to bite me, but he’s been fine now for a few days, so I’m very confident that things are going to keep going in that direction.”
McQuaid, who missed the last four Bruins’ contests and five total games (he was sick for the season-opener), has two assists and a plus-2 rating in three games this season.
|Bruins begin practice-heavy week||at 11:02 am ET|
WILMINGTON – After taking the day off Sunday and with no games on tap until the start of a home-and-home with the Canadiens on Thursday, the Bruins have returned to Wilmington for what promises to be a practice-heavy week.
Jordan Caron is back up with the team, making his assignment to Providence Sunday nothing more than an opportunity to give the youngster some playing time after being the healthy scratch in the Bruins’ last two games.
Defenseman Adam McQuaid also practiced with the team. He has missed the team’s last four games with a neck injury that the team is treating as a concussion to be safe.
The lines looked the same, with the fourth line once again wearing the white jerseys, which traditionally signify first-liners.
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Nathan Horton
Milan Lucic – Chris Kelly – Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot – David Krejci – Rich Peverley – Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton
The Bruins made heavy use of the foam blocks for the first half hour of practice, stacking them for target-practice and using one in front of nets to work on rebounds.
|Bruins-Sharks Live Blog: Sharks take lead again||10.22.11 at 6:39 pm ET|