Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is just beginning to skate again after having surgery in early October for thoracic outlet syndrome after a blood clot developed under his collarbone, according to CSNNE.com.
McQuaid told CSNNE.com that the condition was discovered after his arm swelled up during some skates with teammates back in September.
The Bruins rear guard won’t be ready for action until at least late January or early February, although it's unclear whether the NHL lockout will be over by then.
“It happened in the first week working out at Harvard. I’m on the road to recovery, but I still have a ways to go yet,” McQuaid said. “The reason behind the surgery is to prevent it from happening again. It should be fine once I’m fully recovered. It could have been a lot worse. Now it’s been taken care of and I can get back to regular activity. I’m just getting my feet under me right now.”
According to the report, McQuaid underwent two surgeries at Mass General Hospital and had to have an entire rib and part of his neck muscle removed as part of the procedures.
The rugged defenseman said he's happy to be back skating with his teammates.
“It’s following the same protocol you always would. Ideally you get back as quick as you can, but I definitely still have a ways to go,” said McQuaid. “I need to try and get back to not only using my arm, but giving a hit and taking a hit. I’m taking it one step at a time, but getting back on the ice -- and being around the guys -- is a good start.”
McQuaid had eight assists and 10 points along with 99 penalty minutes in 72 games last season.