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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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Adam McQuaid day-to-day with leg injury 01.20.14 at 6:26 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid has been examined by a doctor and is termed day-to-day with a leg injury, coach Claude Julien said after Monday’s win over the Kings.

Julien said that the team is taking McQuaid’s status as “good news,” as McQuaid has already missed 19 games this season, most of which were due to a lower-body injury McQuaid had and later re-aggravated.

McQuaid missed the last half of the second period Sunday against the Blackhawks and remained out for the rest of the game. The team recalled Zach Trotman Sunday night to play in his place Monday, with Trotman logging 13:19 in Boston’s 3-2 victory over the Kings Monday at TD Garden.

Depending on how long McQuaid will be off the ice, he could be helped by the fact that the Bruins don’t play next until Saturday in Philadelphia.

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Adam McQuaid leaves Sunday’s game vs. Blackhawks with undisclosed injury 01.19.14 at 3:52 pm ET
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CHICAGO — Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid did not play the final 11:26 of the second period and missed the remainder of the team’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks Sunday.

Following the game, Claude Julien offered no update on McQuaid, who has missed a combined 17 games due to a lower-body injury that twice kept him out of the lineup for stretches at a time.

“I don’t like saying it the night of because he needs to be looked at by a doctor,” Julien said. “We’ll look at him tomorrow. It just obviously wasn’t good enough to finish the game, but we’ll evaluate him and at least give you a precise diagnosis on him.”

The Bruins only have six defenseman on their roster at the moment, meaning they would need to recall a player from Providence if McQuaid is unable to play Monday against the Kings.

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Daniel Paille practicing with Bruins 12.22.13 at 11:27 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins forward Daniel Paille took another step forward in his recovery from a concussion when he practiced Sunday for the first time since being sent back from last week’s road trip.

Paille, who has missed the last six games, has been skating on his own since Friday. He wore a yellow sweater with Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith in Sunday’s practice in place of Brad Marchand, who was the only player from Saturday’s lineup absent from the practice. Marchand, who was hurt twice in Saturday’s game but returned to the game, will travel to Nashville and play Monday. Paille won’t make the trip.

Following the practice, Paille said that he had been experiencing neck pain in previous games and eventually spoke up after feeling especially uncomfortable on the plane from Toronto to Calgary last week. It was at that point that the team sent him back to Boston and he was diagnosed with a concussion.

“I wouldn’t say it was one hit,” Paille said. “For a while I was kind of just working on my neck and then I think over time it’s been hit after hit. I didn’t necessarily have symptoms back then; it was just my neck was really sore and hard to move. The travel from to Toronto to Calgary, it felt a little bit different and that’s where I said something to the team.

“But they knew — the medical staff and the coaches — they knew that my neck was sore, and that was the issue to begin with, but as soon as I told them that it had kind of progressed on the travel from Toronto to Calgary, that’s when they sent me back here.”

Adam McQuaid continues to practice with the Bruins as he works his way back from a lower-body injury. He will make the trip to Nashville and could potentially play Monday against the Predators after missing the last nine games.

The Bruins face an interesting dilemma with when to get McQuaid back in the lineup. If they hold him out Monday, he gets three extra days to heal but then will return to play back-to-backs Friday and Saturday. If they play him Monday, he’ll at least be able to get some rest before getting into his second game.

“To us, when a guy’s ready to go, he’s ready to go,” Claude Julien said. “You don’t hold a guy back when he’s ready to go just because you’re looking at the schedule. I think right now it’s a matter of if he’s ready to go, he should be playing. I don’t that we should be holding him back any longer when he’s feeling good. That’s a decision we’re going to have to make tomorrow. He’s telling us he’s feeling pretty good right now, so we’ll make sure that that’s the case tomorrow.”

Dougie Hamilton (lower body) skated for the second straight day. Hamilton took the ice late in Sunday’s practice and skated by himself.

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