The Bruins’ captains held their first captains’ practice of September today, and it was filled with familiar faces.
Zdeno Chara was there. So were David Backes, Chris Wagner, and Danton Heinen.
There was another familiar face too, albeit one who’s slightly less familiar after a season away:
You can tell it’s a light skate. Adam McQuaid out there NOT blocking shots. Great to see him out there! pic.twitter.com/kgCDL83vrA— The Camera Guys (@NBCSCameraGuys) September 4, 2019
Why yes, that IS longtime Bruin Adam McQuaid skating with a whole bunch of Bruins at the Bruins’ practice arena. WEIRD.
Of course, there’s no real reason to read too much into this. Captains’ practices are little more than informal get-togethers, and considering how close McQuaid probably remains with some of his old teammates, it’s not that strange that he was present.
Looks like Adam McQuaid is here at captains practice. pic.twitter.com/lTJv13LiBL— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) September 4, 2019
It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that McQuaid spends time in Boston in the summers, whether it’s training or just enjoying our lovely humid weather.
However, it’s worth noting that McQuaid is still an unrestricted free agent, and the season is right around the corner. Given the injuries to John Moore and Kevan Miller, along with the uncertainty surrounding Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy, the Bruins could be in need of some back-up on the blueline.
COULD being the operative word there. Could. Very small chance.
In all likelihood, they can do better than McQuaid with in-house options. Still, there’s nothing wrong with considering a veteran option. The B’s have invited a seemingly random veteran to camp several times over the past few years.
It wouldn’t exactly be shocking to see the Bruins extend McQuaid a tryout offer, though whether or not he’d stick is a little murky.
If nothing else, seeing McQuaid practicing with some of his ol’ Bruins pals is good for nostalgia.