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Johnny Boychuk returns to practice 03.20.14 at 4:03 pm ET
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Johnny Boychuk practiced with the Bruins in Denver Friday, marking his first time back on the ice with teammates since suffering a lower-body injury last Saturday against the Hurricanes.

Bruins coach Claude Julien suggested to reporters after the practice that Boychuk, who was termed day-to-day after he crashed into the boards feet-first, might not be an option to play Friday against the Avalanche, however, saying, the team will “evaluate him day by day, but if he’s not 100 percent there’s no reason why he should play.”

Boychuk had tried taking part in Monday’s morning skate, but he was too sore. The team has played Andrej Meszaros the last two games with Boychuk out, while Corey Potter played Tuesday when Matt Bartkowski served as the team’s healthy scratch against the Devils.

Thursday marks just over two weeks since Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the team would shut Adam McQuaid down for two-to-three weeks in order to aid his recovery from a quad strain. Julien was asked about McQuaid Thursday and gave little update, though he did tell reporters that the player has been “working off ice longer and longer every day.”

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Adam McQuaid has quad strain, Bruins will shut him down for two to three weeks 03.05.14 at 5:43 pm ET
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The Bruins will shut Adam McQuaid down for two to three weeks as he recovers from what Peter Chiarelli finally revealed to be a quad strain. McQuaid has missed 31 games with what the team had previously only called a lower-body injury.

‘€œWe’€™re going to shut him down for two to three weeks,” Chiarelli said. “His injury, while it keeps healing, he has setbacks, so we’€™re going to give him rest two to three weeks and see where he is after that.”

McQuaid was close to returning to the lineup last week before suffering his latest setback. He hasn’t played since Jan. 19 against the Blackhawks.

“He’s got a quad strain. He was really close — you’ve heard Claude [Julien] say [he was] ready and ready to go and stuff, and he had good sessions over the break. He just reaggravated it.”

Chiarelli said that the team is not currently considering surgery. The Bruins GM compared McQuaid’s situation to that of Jared Knight a season ago. Knight dealt with a hamstring injury last season that limited him to just 12 games last season between the AHL and ECHL. The team ended up shutting down Knight for a two-week stretch after a reaggravation.

The Bruins acquired a pair of defensemen Wednesday in Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter. Both can play the right side, though the team currently has Kevan Miller playing on the third pair in McQuaid’s place.

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Loui Eriksson out Tuesday vs. Panthers, but absence isn’t trade-related 03.04.14 at 11:48 am ET
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Loui Eriksson will not play in Tuesday’s game against the Panthers due to a “minor issue,” according to B’s coach Claude Julien. Eriksson and Adam McQuaid were the only players missing from the team’s morning skate.

Though the timing of Eriksson’s absence has led to speculation that the team could be trading the player, a team source indicated Tuesday that Eriksson’s absence doesn’t have anything to do with Wednesday’s trade deadline.

Julien would not specify whether Eriksson was injured, however, as he repeatedly said that Eriksson is out with an “issue” and that he will play on Thursday. With Eriksson out, Jordan Caron will play on the team’s third line with Carl Soderberg and Chris Kelly.

As for McQuaid, Julien said the team will make a decision by the end of the week as to whether they will have the player proceed with his rehab from a lower body injury or shut him down for the time being.

Tuesday’s game will be the 21st Eriksson has missed this season with the Bruins, with the other 20 absences due to a pair of concussions suffered. In his previous five seasons, Eriksson missed a total of three games with the Stars, all of which came in the 2010-11 season.

Eriksson is in his first season with the B’s after being the centerpiece of the package shipped to Boston in last July 4′s trade with Dallas. He has two more seasons on his contract after this season with a reasonable cap hit of $4.25 million a season.

In 40 games for Boston this season, Eriksson has six goals and 16 assists for 22 points and a plus-11 rating.

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Bruins determining plan for Adam McQuaid 03.03.14 at 9:40 am ET
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The Bruins are determining the proper course of action to take with injured defenseman Adam McQuaid, who was initially expected to play over the weekend before suffering a setback.

McQuaid has not played since Jan. 19 and has been able to dress in just half of Boston’s 60 games this season, missing 30 games due to a lower-body injury that has plagued him since initially sustaining the injury on Nov. 9. Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters Saturday in New York that the team is deciding whether to shut him down for the time being or try to continue with his rehab.

“There’€™s going to be an answer soon,”€ Julien told reporters. “We’€™ve got to make a decision on whether to go forward or hold him back.”

With McQuaid out, Kevan Miller has established himself as a viable option as the right defenseman on Boston’s third pairing. McQuaid and Miller bring very similar attributes, with McQuaid taller and more experienced, while Miller is stronger.

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Adam McQuaid suffers setback in recovery from injury, unlikely to play this weekend for Bruins 02.28.14 at 12:35 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Adam McQuaid was not on the ice for Friday’s Bruins practice at Ristuccia Arena, with Claude Julien saying afterwards that the defenseman had suffered a setback in his recovery from a leg injury.

McQuaid was expected to return to the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Capitals, but after being given the day off Thursday, team doctors determined Friday that he had regressed in his recovery. McQuaid is not expected to play this weekend, with the team unsure when he will return.

“Yeah,” Julien said when asked if McQuaid had suffered a setback. “They just told me this morning. Yesterday they gave him some rest and today they wanted to give him some more and they felt that there was a bit of a setback. Again, it becomes a day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month. I’m not sure anymore. I’m relying on their feedback almost every day.

“It’s been a frustrating injury for him and I know he’s really itching to get back. Those kind of things happen, and he’s set back a little bit. Hopefully we’ll get some better news here in the next few days.”

McQuaid has missed 28 total games this season over three prolonged stretches out of the lineup. He last played Jan. 19 against the Blackhawks but left the game with the injury with which he is currently dealing.

With McQuaid out, rookie Kevan Miller will continue to play in his place.

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Bruins send Niklas Svedberg to Providence, Adam McQuaid gets day off as he looks to return Saturday 02.27.14 at 12:51 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins had an optional practice Thursday at Ristuccia Arena, with five forwards, five defensemen and two goalies taking the ice. The most notable absence was Adam McQuaid.

The Bruins sent Niklas Svedberg back to Providence Thursday, but Tuukka Rask was back on the ice with teammates for the first time since the Olympics. Chad Johnson joined him, with only Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille, Jordan Caron and Brad Marchand taking the ice and all defensemen but McQuaid and Zdeno Chara present.

David Krejci and Zdeno Chara are expected back on the ice for Friday’s practice, while Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson are being given Thursday and Friday off.

McQuaid has been skating nearly every day as he looks to return from his leg injury, so Julien said he was given the day off for rest. The team still considers him a possibility for Saturday against the Capitals.

“He was given the day off. He was a guy who skated even Sunday, when the guys had the day off. He’s coming along well, but he hasn’t been cleared yet, but [Saturday] is a possibility. Maybe he will, maybe he won’t. He’s day to day right now and we’ve just got to wait and see what he gets his clearance.”

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Tuukka Rask not traveling to Buffalo, Adam McQuaid doubtful for Bruins 02.25.14 at 3:27 pm ET
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Tuukka Rask will not go to Buffalo after all, as Claude Julien said Tuesday that the team will leave him behind to rest after his bronze-medal performance with Team Finland in the Olympics.

The Bruins had called up Niklas Svedberg Monday, and though assistant coach Geoff Ward had said it was only for practice purposes at the time, Svedberg will go to Buffalo and serve as the team’s backup. Chad Johnson will start for the B’s. It will be Johnson’s sixth start in the last 12 games.

Rask, Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson were the only absences from Tuesday’s practice, as Julien made his return. Bergeron and Eriksson will travel to Buffalo with the team and are expected to be in Boston’s lineup Wednesday.

As for Adam McQuaid, the defenseman is expected to miss his 10th straight game due to a lower-body injury. It will be the 28th game McQuaid has missed this season, though Julien is confident McQuaid should return Saturday against the Capitals or Sunday against the Rangers.

Later in the day, the Bruins assigned Matt Lindblad to Providence.

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