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Bruins still in search of help on the blue line

Adam McQuaid had a setback this week in his recovery from a leg injury
Adam McQuaid had a setback this week in his recovery from a leg injury file/john tlumacki/globe staff

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WILMINGTON — With the March 5 trade deadline approaching and the Bruins on the search for help on the blue line, the team faced more bad news on the Adam McQuaid front on Friday. The defenseman, who has spent three long stints out of the lineup totaling 28 games this season, suffered a setback this week, according to coach Claude Julien.

“It becomes day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month,” Julien said. “I’m not sure anymore.”

Before the Olympic break, general manager Peter Chiarelli had expressed confidence McQuaid would return soon after the team resumed play. With that no longer the scenario, there is “probably a little” more of an effort to acquire help on defense, a hockey source said Friday.

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