The Adam McQuaid injury shows how smart the Boston Bruins‘ coaches are. Quaider hasn’t played since the beginning of the Toronto game where he logged just 44 seconds of ice time before needing to be helped down the tunnel.
McQuaid is one of those guys you just have to love and miss when he’s gone. His toughness and attitude for the game is what makes Bruins fans love his blue-collar work ethic. McQuaid fits the Bruins’ mentality and attitude to a tee. He honestly could have played for the Boston Red Sox and hit .098 and the city would have still loved him.
The Bruins coaching staff has shown that even with key injuries they know how to juggle the defense and balance out veterans with younger players. While the Bruins could cut down to five defensemen they are sticking with a six-man rotation and playing Zdeno Chara with Dougie Hamilton while Johnny Boychuk will playing with Matt Bartowski and Torey Krug will be paired with Denis Seidenberg.
All three young guys are paired with veterans limiting the amount of damage an injury to a steady eddy like McQuaid could cause. It’s little things like this that you come to appreciate.
I feel like some coaches would have had Hamilton and Krug paired together creating mass hysteria and then saying in a press conference ‘well, that’s how it goes sometimes’. I think a lot of people lack common sense on such simple issues like this one. Claude Julien has done a great job of balancing young and old players while still letting younger players just play. He could have told Krug to slow it down and to stop taking chances, but he knows that’s part of Krug’s game and mistakes are bound to happen. I’ll take that as long as the rest of the team plays smart and they continue to put wins on the board with out being reckless.