The Boston Bruins have placed defenseman Adam McQuaid on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. With McQuaid’s roster spot, they’ve recalled forward David Pastrnak from AHL Providence.
McQuaid was hurt on a hit that earned Washington’s Zach Sill a two-game suspension. The Bruins didn’t say how long McQuaid would be out, but it’s a significant loss for whatever length of time. The 29-year-old provides size, strength and experience on the back end. He’s been averaging almost 18 minutes of ice time.
As for Pastrnak, he was originally assigned to the AHL after returning from the World Juniors. Click here for more on that. The 19-year-old winger will be at practice this morning, quite likely in a top-six role. (Brad Marchand still has one game left on his suspension.)
The Bruins play in New Jersey tomorrow. That’s the first of a five-game road trip for Boston.