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According to multiple tweets from the Bruins beat, Coach Claude Julien said today that defensemen Adam McQuaid "suffered a setback" and will not play this weekend.

The B's take on the Capitals in a matinee tomorrow at the Garden and travel Sunday to MSG to play the Rangers at 7 p.m.

This is rather concerning news for the Bruins, as McQuaid has not played since January 19th when Boston played Chicago in the Windy City. Even with the two weeks off with the Olympic break, for McQuaid to still be dinged up, it should a real area of worry for the status of the blueline.

With just a few days to go until the trade deadline, and already feeling the stress of losing Dennis Seidenberg for the year, a lingering injury to McQuaid should be the final straw to jolt the Bruins brass into swinging a deal to reinforce the club.

Which leads into the other news of the day...

TSN's Darren Dreger tweeted out that the Ottawa Senators are still looking to work out an extension for veteran blueliner Chris Phillps, but if a deal can't be reached before the trade deadline, the Bruins are one of the teams in the mix for the services of the 16-year pro.

photo via zimbio.com

Phillips has played in 50 games this year while posting 1 goal and 12 assists for 13 points.

Phillips may not be the sexiest name on the block available to the Bruins, but at this point, if he can come at a cheap price it might not matter. Phillips would be a rental, as he's in the final year of his deal, carrying a cap hit just over $3 million.

I don't think Phillips would be on the level of Wade Redden last year, in which Redden barely saw any time on the ice and was strictly an emergency-basis player.

But he would not serve as a top-four D-man, which is what the Bruins desperately need right now.

The Bruins were already in the mix to add to their team ahead of the deadline. With the news that McQuaid is still not at 100%, it will force their efforts into overdrive.

Let the silly season officially begin.

Mark Burke 2/28/2014 12:49:00 PM Edit

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