It should be a little different for Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid heading into the upcoming training camp after the last couple of years. Two years ago McQuaid had a mysterious illness that knocked him out for the first game of the season and left him weakened for the first few weeks of the season.

Last season McQuaid had the bout with blood clots and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and had to have emergency surgery in the fall that could have left him knocked out for the season. Instead he worked diligently to be ready when the NHL finally opened up in January but McQuaid admitted to those around him that he never fully got his strength back last season.

So this summer McQuaid spent two months relaxing recharging and regaining the lost strength while chilling out at home on Prince Edward Island. The 6-foot-5 209-pound defenseman said he’s at full strength and that’s bad news for opponents given his bruising defensive style and willingness to drop the gloves with ferocity.

“It was a good chance to get some strength back. It’s a little bit shorter than a normal offseason but I feel like I got some down time and am a little bit rejuvenated” said McQuaid. “I’m probably coming in feeling a little better than I did the last couple of years. I definitely feel a lot better than I did coming into last season.

“I feel like I’m stronger and physically I’m feeling better. It’s a good feeling going into the season. I didn’t have any real limitations so I was able to train hard this summer. It’s nice to get back to where I had been before the surgery.”

McQuaid had one goal and four points along with a zero rating in 32 games last season and averaged slightly more than 14 minutes per game last year while feeling his way through things. He’ll be looking to get back to the bottom pairing defenseman that averaged 12.5 points and a plus-23 in each of the previous two seasons and he’ll likely have a new defenseman partner in Torey Krug. The duo came together in the postseason once Krug entered the lineup against the Rangers and the brawny McQuaid formed a nice partnership with the quick skilled Krug.

“I’d like to think so” said McQuaid when asked if he and Krug made for a good defensive pair. “I hope so. I think we’re a little different in our styles of play but I think we compliment each other well.

“We’ll see what happens but I enjoyed playing with him last year in the playoffs. It was a short time but if we got the opportunity to play more together I think it would be a good thing.”