Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, in Boston on Friday, June 7, 2013.
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Adam McQuaid’s top off-season priority is clear: Get healthy.
The Cornwall native played 30 games last season for the Boston Bruins while battling two tears in his right quadriceps and season-ending right ankle surgery. The season before he had surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome after a blood clot was discovered under his collarbone.
“I’m looking forward to the day that I can actual talk to somebody about a game instead of how I am feeling,” McQuaid said.
“Ultimately, to get healthy again would be nice.”
McQuaid held out hope he would be able to return during the 2013-14 season and then the playoffs, but it wasn’t meant to be.
“For me personally, it was a tough year with various injuries and not quite being able to get over the hump,” he said.
The six-foot-five, 209-pound stay-at-home defenceman said he is excited about the potential going into the 2014-15 season.
“I’m still healing and rehabbing, but I’m definitely seeing benefits from the procedure already,” he said. “It had been something that had bothered me for a long time. I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished product.”
McQuaid is entering the final year of his three-year contract.
“That’s something that will play itself out. My main focus is just to get healthy from a day-to-day standpoint,” he said.
“I’d love to have a great year and be able to sign on to play for many more years, but you worry about what you can control and the rest takes care of itself.”
McQuaid and the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and lost in the final in 2013 to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy this season as the team with the most regular season points, but lost in seven games to the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the playoffs.