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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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Reilly Smith returns to Bruins practice, Adam McQuaid progressing 02.22.14 at 12:47 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins practiced again Saturday, with those who didn’t play in the Olympics skating for the third straight day.

Back on the ice was Reilly Smith, who missed Friday’s practice with an illness. Adam McQuaid practiced with teammates for the third consecutive day as he works his way back from a lower-body injury. McQuaid has not played since Jan. 19, and though he skated prior to the Olympic break, he did not take the ice over the two-week break from team activities. He says he is not quite ready to play, but that he continues to feel better.

The Bruins won’t practice Sunday, but McQuaid is expected to skate on his own.

“I think he’s still working his way back in,” Bruins assistant coach Doug Jarvis said Saturday. “My understanding is he’ll skate [Sunday] on his own and we’ll continue to work with him. I see it being, from what I understand, a day-to-day scenario as we move along. We’ll see how he keeps improving.”

Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad, both of whom were recalled for Friday’s practice, were returned to Providence Saturday.

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Loui Eriksson (teeth) misses practice, Adam McQuaid can’t work with Bruins during break 02.07.14 at 2:51 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins held a very brief practice Friday afternoon, skating for a little over 20 minutes in their last practice before the Olympic break. The B’s will host the Senators Saturday and then return to practice on Feb. 20.

Loui Eriksson and Adam McQuaid were both missing from practice, as Eriksson was getting dental work done following a high stick to the mouth in the first period of Thursday’s game and McQuaid remains out with a leg injury. Zdeno Chara also remains out as he is already in Sochi for the Olympics. With Eriksson out, Jordan Caron skated in his place on the third line, though Claude Julien said he expects Eriksson to play Saturday.

“Loui’s doing OK. The only reason he missed is he’s obviously getting some dental work done and making sure he’s all fixed up before tomorrow and before he leaves for the Olympics,” Julien said. “He should be in the lineup tomorrow; there’s no reason why he shouldn’t, but I think it’s going to be a long day for him, getting his mouth fixed.”

As for McQuaid, he will not play Saturday, though the team hopes he will be able to play after the break. He has not played since Jan. 19.

Because teams have to break for the Olympics, McQuaid will not be able to see team doctors and trainers regularly, though he was able to rehab his blood clot condition during the lockout without the help of the team staff.

“With the CBA and stuff like that, he’s basically on his own, but he will continue to get the treatments and all that stuff that he needs,” Julien said. “Hopefully, by the time we get back, he’ll be ready to jump in with us. If not then, very soon.”

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Claude Julien: ‘Very doubtful’ Adam McQuaid plays for Bruins before Olympic break 02.03.14 at 12:58 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Adam McQuaid did not skate Monday, and with the B’s now five days away from their last game before the Olympic break, B’s coach Claude Julien admitted it is “very doubtful” that McQuaid will play before the break.

McQuaid has been limited to 30 games this season, missing the other 24 due to lower-body injuries. He has not played since the team’s Jan. 19 game in Chicago due to a leg injury.

‘€œHe’€™s hasn’€™t started skating yet, so it would be very doubtful that he would play until after the break,” Julien said. “If he’€™s 100 percent, and I checked on him today, they weren’€™t putting him on the ice and he was only going to start skating sometime this week, so he’€™s been out too long for me to throw him out there. I would be very surprised if you see him here.’€

David Warsofsky, who was recalled Monday, practiced with the team as he prepares to play Thursday and Saturday with Zdeno Chara out.

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