Don Sweeney announced Tuesday morning that the Boston Bruins have traded veteran defenseman Adam McQuaid to the New York Rangers.
This is tough news to handle for some Bruins fans as McQuaid was a fan favorite for the way that he played. Every time he took the ice, McQuaid played a hard-nosed, take-no-shit style of hockey that every fan loved.
The Bruins got a decent haul for the aging blueliner in a 2019 fourth rounder, a 2019 seventh round compensation pick, and old friend Steven Kampfer. Kampfer, 29, has played in only 166 NHL games, with 48 of them played with Bruins in 2010-2012. He was on the team during their run for the Stanley Cup, so he had some experience on a successful Boston team before they traded him to Minnesota the following year.
Kampfer made his NHL debut in a Bruins sweater and it appears for now he’ll be in training camp competing for a spot. He used to be a prospect that teams were willing to take a chance on, but now at 29, I’m not sure where he fits in the rotation. He will most likely end up in the AHL as a depth guy unless the Bruins end up cutting him after camp.
The 31-year-old McQuaid heads to New York after spending his entire in Boston. He wasn’t the most talented defenseman, but he sure knew how to hit and bring the intimidation factor. He was likely the odd man out on Boston’s blue line along with Matt Gryzlyck. Gryzlyck looks to be a valuable seventh defenseman for the Bruins when one of the starters go down or need rest.
Boston undeniably lost a very good teammate and an overall good guy. Boson also got smaller and less intimidating with him gone, but the Bruins want to use “team toughness” to continue their recent success. Unfortunately, to lose such a great guy in the locker room is just how the business goes. His ice time was in question, so they shipped him somewhere where he can get playing time on a rebuilding Rangers roster.
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