The Boston Bruins are very lucky to be as deep as they are in defenseman, as they seem to run into injuries on the blue line often. This season they already saw Johnny Boychuk sidelined for a few games, and now Adam McQuaid is on the shelf.
McQuaid has a bit of an injury history during his time with Boston. His most recent damage occurred last Saturday during the team’s bout with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Stationed behind the net, he went to retrieve a pass and suddenly fell to the ice. The source of the injury was unclear, but he was clutching his leg while down.
Though the severity of the injury is yet to be revealed, it doesn’t look like he’ll be returning right away. Coach Claude Julien told reporters after team practice today that his sore defenseman is still unable to skate.
“Still day-to-day,” Julien said. “He’s not skating now because he’s not capable of it. We keep hoping he keeps improving and we’ll see where he stands by then.”
Julien went on to say he wasn’t sure if McQuaid was going to travel with the team for their upcoming road trip. Luckily, the team can afford to allow McQuaid time to heal. Matt Bartkowski, who performed very well for the team during last season’s Stanley Cup Playoff run, can slide right in without a necessary adjustment period as the team prepares to play the Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow night. Actually, there are a few people within the fan base who believe Bartkowski might be a better option on ice than McQuaid.
While the team can survive without one of their starting defenseman, another injury will definitely have a much more negative impact on the team’s blue line.