A second-round pick (No. 55) by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2005, McQuaid has 66 points (13 goals, 53 assists) in 462 National Hockey League games, all with the Bruins. A staple on the Boston line since his rookie (and Stanley Cup-winning) 2010-11 season, McQuaid played in only 38 games last season, missing almost three months after suffering a broken right fibula while blocking a shot on October 19. He has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 68 playoff games.
This is the second trade between the two clubs in recent months with the Rangers shipping Rick Nash to the Bruins at February's trade deadline.
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. In 2010-11, the same year the team won the Stanley Cup, McQuaid became a mainstay on the back end.
One of the greatest catalysts for the New York Rangers' rapid decline down the Metropolitan Division standings last season was the defense.
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Entering the upcoming season, Boston already had three right-handed defenseman in their starting lineup (Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller), which made it hard to envision McQuaid seeing much playing time. Today was a tough morning.
The Rangers gave up veteran Steven Kampfer as a part of the deal.
Kampfer, who spent the first year and a half of his career in Boston from 2010-12, will likely occupy the same place on the depth chart (or perhaps be even lower), but he comes with the flexibility of a two-way contract that allows him to be sent down to Providence without having his salary count against the cap. "10 years we've been together, going back to Providence", Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said.
"It's tough to see him go", he said.