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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bruins' Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg join teammates at practice

By on 4/23/2014 05:00:00 PM

On Monday morning two injured Boston Bruins defenseman; Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg took part in an optional skate with their teammates.

Adam McQuaid was shutdown in early March after having a few setbacks from a nagging quad strain. He has been suffering with the injury most of the season (only playing 30 games in the regular season).

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McQuaid was last seen playing on January 19th. He left the game early (against the Chicago Blackhawks) and did not return. He started skating and even went through the Olympic break looking good on the ice. A few days before the NHL was supposed to return to action McQuaid missed two days (back-to-back) for therapy. Those therapy days turned into Coach Claude Julien admitting he had a set-back.

McQuaid started skating again the week of April 8th. The team is taking it slow with him because of all the setbacks he suffered.

Dennis Seidenberg also joined his teammates for that practice session. Seidenberg tore his MCL and ACL in late December. He underwent surgery to have them repaired and was expected to be out 6-8 months. He is nearly four months into his rehab and has been skating solo for the past couple of weeks.

The two joined their teammates at the optional practice on Monday. They skated a bit earlier that day  but the coach and
training staff thought it would be good for them (mentally) to be around a few more of the guys.

 "I went to our trainers and asked if it was okay for him [Seidenberg] and McQuaid to skate today with the rest of the team," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told reporters at TD Garden on Monday. "Because there's no contact, there's nothing, it's just a simple drill so it's the same drills that they did before we went on the ice with that group. They were on early here and stayed on with that group."

"A lot of it is for encouragement reasons, you know, just those two on the ice together all the time, it gets tough after a while. Being out there with more players and being able to do a little bit more is a little bit more exciting for them, so I thought, mentally, it would be a good opportunity for them to be with the rest of the guys today because of the type of practice we were having, and our trainers agreed."

More on what was said about Dennis Seidenberg, "You know, I guess, according to our trainers and our doctors, that’s the protocol - they figured he’d be going through that process and at one point he’d be skating before next season." "So I think he’s on track right now, probably maybe even a little ahead of the curve because of his conditioning and how strong he was even before that injury."

"He’s a well-trained individual and those guys have a tendency - athletes have a tendency to recover a little quicker than the normal person - and he’s on that track right now."

There is no timetable for the two players but their recovery is on the right track.

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