Right now, Adam McQuaid is a free agent, and even if a team came calling he’s not quite ready to get back on the ice yet. It’s the first year in a long time that the 33-year-old isn’t playing, and he hasn’t skated since September. McQuaid is still rehabbing from injuries suffered during his 10-year career, mainly around his neck and head area. He’s also working to correct his posture before lacing up the skates again.
That said, it didn’t stop him from being at TD Garden today to check out the Bruins taking on the New York Rangers. While he has played for both teams, we’re willing to bet his heart is with his beloved Bruins, the team he played with for almost nine seasons and won a Stanley Cup with in 2011. According to NHL reporter Amalie Benjamin, he was spotted hanging out in the hallway. If you didn’t know, he’s living in Boston, despite being from PEI and not having played for the team since the 2017-18 season. Check it out:
McQuaid was always a physical presence whenever he was on the ice and, unfortunately, his style of play started to catch up with him after a while. In 2012, he missed the end of the Bruins’ season with a concussion. Two years ago, he missed eight weeks with a broken fibula, and shortly after returning he needed 25 stitches to repair a cut on his neck after getting hit with a skate blade. He missed the playoffs with Columbus last season after suffering another concussion. He told CBC News recently he’s not sure if his style of play shortened his career, but he has no regrets either way.
"You could say that it shortened my career or you could say that my career wouldn't even have been as long as it was if I didn't play the way I did."
As for whether he’s thinking about a comeback, he says it’s not out of the question.
"Ultimately it's just all about long-term health and getting back to feeling good. Sometimes you have to take a step back and think outside of just hockey itself. So that's kind of where I'm at right now."
"I don't know if it's the end or not.”
You have to think if he’s considering a return, the Bruins would be high on his list of possible teams.