Bruins trade Adam McQuaid to the Rangers

The Boston Bruins have traded defenseman Adam Mc Quaid to the New York Rangers for Steven Kampfer and draft picks

The Boston Bruins have traded defenseman Adam Mc Quaid to the New York Rangers for Steven Kampfer and draft picks

He was a member of the Bruins' Stanley Cup-winning team in 2011.

McQuaid, 31, has spent his entire 11-year professional career with the Boston Bruins organization since being acquired by the team from the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2007.

Part of the mission statement made by GM Jeff Gorton and new coach David Quinn is for the Rangers to be a more hard team for opponents to play - particularly in their own end. The right-handed defenseman averaged 16:18 minutes of ice time with the Bruins, but never has played a full 82 game season.

General manager Don Sweeney and head coach Bruce Cassidy on Tuesday both expressed how hard it was to move the 31-year-old, and it appears the sentiment is shared amongst the players, especially those who played with McQuaid for a long time. And for the guys in the locker room, he was a great teammate.

As for Kampfer, he played sporadically over the past two seasons in NY, as he totaled one goal and two assists through 32 games. Boston gets a 2019 fourth-round pick and a conditional seventh-rounder in a move that clears space for younger players on the blue line. He also skated in 23 postseason games to help lead the Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup. The news has hit social media and reactions have pretty much stated the same thing: the Bruins lost a tough player.


"It's been 10 years we've been together, since way back in Providence", the coach said.

The Boston Bruins may not miss McQuaid's stats, but they will definitely miss him on the ice.

Adam McQuaid's ceiling is a bottom pairing defenseman.

"It's tough to see him go", he said.

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