The New York Rangers acquired defenseman Adam McQuaid from the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenseman Steven Kampfer, a fourth-round pick in 2019, and a conditional seventh-round pick, the team announced. A Stanley Cup champion in 2011, McQuaid has registered 60 points (13-53-60) and 652 penalty minutes in his career. And for the guys in the locker room, he was a great teammate. Most recently, he completed two seasons with the Rangers. Ultimately, they decided that was too much of a good thing.
McQuaid was travelling Tuesday and unable to be reached for comment. "This just presented itself late (Monday) night, and we made the decision (Tuesday morning)".
As for Kampfer, he played sporadically over the past two seasons in NY, as he totaled one goal and two assists through 32 games. He played a gritty style of hockey, ultimately helping Boston win a Stanley Cup in 2011. "A lot went into it, and I was there every step of the way". In that year he was a plus 30, appearing in 67 games for the Bruins. "10 years we've been together, going back to Providence", Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.
"It's a very hard day, we want to thank Adam", general manager Don Sweeney said Tuesday morning.
Adam McQuaid's ceiling is a bottom pairing defenseman. "It wasn't automatic that Adam was going to be one of the two out, but if it worked that way, it would be hard". With the amount of young guys and the depth being built up in Boston, McQuaid may not have had a regular spot on the roster. "We have our allotted amount of (practice) time, and we've got to make sure we take advantage of that - get the proper teaching in, and the proper work".
"It's a very hard day", said Sweeney.