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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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Zdeno Chara to miss two games, pre-break return not ruled out for Adam McQuaid 02.01.14 at 12:28 pm ET
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Claude Julien confirmed Saturday that Zdeno Chara, in addition to missing the last game before the Olympic break against the Senators next Saturday, will miss Thursday’s game against the Blues as he heads to Sochi early to carry Slovakia’s flag in the opening ceremonies.

The opening ceremonies will take place Friday, so the idea that Chara would have played Thursday night and then traveled cross-country with a six-hour time difference seemed close to impossible. As such, the news that Chara won’t play Thursday should come as no surprise. Julien said he is unsure whether Chara will travel to St. Louis with the team and then leave for Russia or stay back in Boston following Tuesday’s game against the Canucks.

Adam McQuaid, who has not played since leaving the team’s Jan. 19 game against the Blackhawks with a leg injury, continues to work out but has yet to skate. He began to bike about four days ago, estimated Julien.

“If he’s 100 percent, he’s going to go,” Julien said. “We’ve always said that; there’s no use holding a guy back if he’s 100 percent, but there’s no doubt that if he’s not quite there yet, that the next two weeks would be really useful for him. That’s what we have to decide here, but especially with Zdeno being gone the last couple of games, if he’s 100 percent, you want him in the lineup.”

Asked whether it was conceivable that McQuaid could get on the ice in the coming days and be ready for a game in short order, Julien was a bit more reserved in his expectations.

“I don’t even know if he’s going to get on the ice,” Julien admitted. “I haven’t gotten that far with him or with the trainers, I should say, but I know he’s progressing well. I don’t even want to kind of make a prediction because I don’t know.”

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Adam McQuaid still missing from practice 01.31.14 at 1:11 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Adam McQuaid was once again the only player absent from practice as the Bruins skated Friday at Ristuccia Arena.

McQuaid has not played since the second period of the team’s shootout loss to the Blackhawks on Jan. 19 due to a leg injury. He has missed 23 total games this season due to multiple lower-body injuries.

The Bruins’ lines were the same in Friday’s practice as they were in Thursday’s loss to the Canadiens, with Chris Kelly on the third line with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson.

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Bruins still taking it ‘day by day’ with injured Adam McQuaid 01.28.14 at 8:02 pm ET
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Claude Julien didn’t have much of an update on defenseman Adam McQuaid Tuesday evening, reiterating that the defenseman, who the team has classified as day-to-day with a leg injury, isn’t ready to return to the lineup.

McQuaid did not travel with the team to Philadelphia or New York for the team’s recent two-game road trip and has not played since leaving the Jan. 19 game against the Blackhawks.

“I haven’€™t paid much attention to that because he is not ready to play yet,” Julien said Tuesday. “Whether that’€™s some news for you or not, he’€™s just not ready yet. We’€™re just taking it day by day and waiting for the medical staff to say we can take that next step with him.”

McQuaid has not been skating, according to Julien, but the coach said he is at least doing some activity.

“I think he’€™s working out,” Julien said. “Again, when guys are injured they are kind of out of my control until they tell me they’€™re ready. So I think he has been working out but I don’€™t know to what extent.”

With McQuaid out, Kevan Miller remains in the lineup for the Bruins.

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Dougie Hamilton: ‘I’m ready to play now’ 01.24.14 at 1:33 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Both Chris Kelly and Dougie Hamilton will travel to Philadelphia for Saturday’s game against the Flyers, with Hamilton saying he is ready to return to the lineup.

Hamilton, who has missed the last four games with a concussion, practiced with his teammates for the second consecutive day Friday and said he was “finally” cleared for contact.

“I think I’ve been skating now for, I think this is my sixth day, so every day I’ve felt better and I’m ready to play now,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said he suffered the concussion, which was the first of his career, in the third period of the team’s loss to the Kings on Jan. 9 and played the next game against the Sharks.

The concussion is Hamilton’s second injury this season, as he missed 10 games from Dec. 10 to Jan. 2 with a knee injury. Hamilton is in his second season and said that the last couple of months have been frustrating given that they’ve halted the progress of a strong second season.

“I think I’m a lot more comfortable and a lot better defensively, and just feel a lot better on the ice,” Hamilton said. “It’s just been an unfortunate month or two months or whatever. Hopefully I can just get back into the lineup again and have fun and help the team out.”

Kelly also practiced with the team for the second straight day. He has not played since suffering a broken fibula on Dec. 7 against the Penguins. Claude Julien said that there is a chance one or both could return to the lineup Saturday, and noted that Hamilton is closer to returning than Kelly because he has missed less time and is in better game shape.

Adam McQuaid did not practice Friday and will not travel to Philadelphia as he remains out with a leg injury.

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Bruins unsure of Adam McQuaid’s timetable 01.23.14 at 1:03 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Adam McQuaid was not on the ice for Thursday’s practice as he remains out with a leg injury. After the practice, Claude Julien said the team doesn’t have a good idea of when he will return.

“His injury is an injury that’s really hard to assess,” Julien said. “That’s why I’m giving you guys that day-to-day thing, because nobody, even the medical staff has not been able to give us or pinpoint a time. So it’s day-to-day. It depends on how he heals. It could be shorter, it could be longer. We’ve just got to go about it on a day-to-day situation.”

McQuaid missed the second half of Sunday’s game in Chicago and all of Monday’s game against the Kings. He has missed 19 games this season due to injury.

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Chris Kelly, Dougie Hamilton practice with Bruins; Adam McQuaid absent at 11:22 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Both Chris Kelly and Dougie Hamilton returned to practice Thursday at Ristuccia Arena. Adam McQuaid, who is out with a leg injury, was the only player missing from practice.

Kelly has been out since Dec. 7 with a broken fibula, while Hamilton has missed the last four games with a concussion. Kelly was wearing a grey (third line) jersey along with Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson and Ryan Spooner. With Kelly out of the lineup, Spooner has centered the third line.

“I was excited to come today,” Kelly said after the practice. “It’s been a little bit longer than I would have liked, but it’s all part of the process of getting better, and today was a good step in the right direction.”

Kelly said he isn’t sure when he will return to the lineup, but Claude Julien said that he will travel to Philadelphia for Saturday’s game and could be in the lineup within a week. The veteran center added that he “pushed it pretty good” in Thursday’s practice and felt good.

“I think I’ve done everything I need to do,” Kelly said. “Conditioning, I felt great. Obviously you can never simulate the physical aspect of the game, but I felt good out there today.”

Julien said it is unclear whether Hamilton will travel, as he hasn’t been cleared to take heavy contact yet.

Also on the ice for the B’s was Zach Trotman, who was recalled Thursday morning on an emergency basis. Trotman had been returned to Providence Tuesday after playing Monday’s game against the Kings. Though the Bruins were off Tuesday and Wednesday, Trotman was able to get a practice in with Providence on Wednesday.

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