By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Free agent defenseman Adam McQuaid may have skated with his former teammates at captains' practices at Warrior Ice Arena last week, but a potential reunion with the nine-year Bruin doesn't seem to be at the top of Don Sweeney's to-do list.
"He’s been practicing. He’s kept his residence in Boston, working through his own health and figuring out where he may be come camp," Sweeney, speaking with reporters in Buffalo after the 2019 Prospects Challenge, said of McQuaid. "I haven’t had that discussion with his agent.
"I think, in fairness, [we're] just making sure Adam is healthy, first and foremost."
Traded out of Boston before the start of training camp last year, McQuaid began the 2018-19 season with the Rangers, but was flipped to the Blue Jackets at the 2019 trade deadline.
But speaking to those health issues, the 6-foot-4 McQuaid played in just 14 games for the Jackets before an elbow from the Canadiens' Andrew Shaw clipped McQuaid in the head and knocked him out of action for the final 15 games of the Jackets' season (five regular-season games and all 10 of their postseason contests) with a concussion. The effects of that concussion, which was not the first of the rugged McQuaid's 512-game National Hockey League career, lingered and undoubtedly hindered McQuaid's ability to dive into the free agent market this summer.
In essence, it's entirely possible that McQuaid's recent skates with his ex-teammates were to simply see if he even could return to the NHL at this point in time.
If healthy enough, though, the B's could theoretically have a potential use for McQuaid in training camp should the Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy holdouts drag on, and especially with Kevan Miller (knee) and Johnny Moore (shoulder) still on the shelf, as that would leave the Bruins down three right-shot defenders (and a left-shot who has experience playing on the right side). Boston captain Zdeno Chara, meanwhile, is still recovering from offseason surgeries on his jaw and elbow, meaning the 42-year-old captain's preseason reps will more than likely be few and far between.
With all that in mind, a tryout would make more sense than a contract, of course, and the Bruins have already prepared for that to some degree, with free agent defender Alex Petrovic already in Boston on a professional tryout agreement.
But, again, it's something the Bruins have yet to seriously consider at this point in time.
The Bruins will open camp at Warrior Ice Arena later this week.