Back in black

Cornwall’s Adam McQuaid said he feels a sense of loy­alty to the Bos­ton Bru­ins.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JASON MAL­LOY

Adam McQuaid con­tem­plated wear­ing a dif­fer­ent NHL uni­form next sea­son in the days be­fore re­sign­ing with the Bos­ton Bru­ins.

The rugged de­fence­man agreed to a deal on June 26 prior to the NHL draft. He was set to be­come an un­re­stricted free agent on Canada Day.

“The closer and closer it got to that time­frame, I had to pre­pare my­self for it, so I wasn’t com­pletely taken off-guard by the sit­u­a­tion,” McQuaid said. “It was dif­fer­ent to try and pic­ture my­self in other places and where I might be a good fit.”

The Bru­ins and McQuaid left the door open for a re­turn fol­low­ing his sixth sea­son in Bean­town.

McQuaid, the 28-year-old Cornwall na­tive, said he was pre­par­ing to watch the draft when he re­ceived a call around lunchtime re­gard­ing the Bru­ins in­ter­est in get­ting a deal done soon.

“I didn’t ex­pect it to come to­gether that quick,” he said.

“When Bos­ton came back with try­ing to get some­thing done it was hard to pic­ture my­self go­ing any­where else.”

He said there are a lot of pos­i­tives to re­turn­ing to Bos­ton, in­clud­ing a fa­mil­iar­ity with staff and many team­mates. He also said he feels a loy­alty to the team he broke into the NHL with and stuck by him through in­juries which have cost him 50 games in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 sea­sons.

“They traded for me com­ing out of ju­nior, gave me op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop and stuck with me through some un­for­tu­nate pe­riod of times where I wasn’t able to play,” McQuaid said. “I feel like I owe a lot to that or­ga­ni­za­tion and that team.”

McQuaid’s sign­ing was one of a few domi­noes to fall on draft day as the Bru­ins re­shaped their ros­ter and gained cap-room flex­i­bil­ity. They shipped young de­fence­man Dougie Hamil­ton to Cal­gary and power for­ward Mi­lan Lu­cic to Los An­ge­les mainly for draft picks.

McQuaid said it was tough to see team­mates traded. Lu­cic had been with the Bru­ins be­fore McQuaid ar­rived and Hamil­ton was his room­mate for a cou­ple of years.

Bos­ton started free agency by sign­ing wingers Matt Be­leskey and Jimmy Hayes and trad­ing for Zac Ri­naldo.

“Even though there’s been some changes made . . . I think we’re still a group that is ca­pa­ble of do­ing good things and is go­ing to be com­pet­i­tive. I wanted to make sure I was in that type of en­vi­ron­ment,” McQuaid said.

“It’s a short ca­reer and a short win­dow of op­por­tu­nity. I’ve been for­tu­nate enough to win be­fore and I want to do it again.”

McQuaid has a few char­i­ta­ble ap­pear­ances this sum­mer and is train­ing to be ready for train­ing camp.

AP PHOTO

Adam McQuaid is ex­cited to be re­turn­ing to the Bos­ton Bru­ins for the up­com­ing sea­son.

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