Last night, Adam McQuaid played his first hockey game in eight months after dealing with multiple injuries and setbacks last season. McQuaid come out of his hiatus with a physical game, laying some big hits on the Washington Capitals. In an article by Joe McDonald on ESPN.com, coach Julien was happy with McQuaid's game saying "I thought he played a real strong game. I gave him high marks for his first game back and how well he played.”
The 2013-14 season was not kind to McQuaid. The 27-year-old only played 30 games and could not get back on the ice. The black and gold missed McQuaid's veteran experience, especially during the playoffs. The PEI native is also never one to shy away from a fight either making him a fan favorite in Boston and a trusted teammate in the locker room. These qualities make McQuaid a valuable commodity for any NHL team.
McQuaid's current health status and solid preseason start is good news for the Bruins. However, McQuaid has also been in trade discussions and his strong play may increase his chances of being dealt before Ocotber 8th. The Bruins would be wise to keep McQuaid, but his extensive injury history makes him a risk the Bruins might not be able to afford.
The Bruins have a glut of NHL-caliber defensemen and McQuaid is not a lock to make the starting lineup. He will have to earn his spot and he took a big step in doing so last night.
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