New York Rangers trade for Adam McQuaid from Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins defenseman Adam Mc Quaid celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston on Friday

Boston Bruins defenseman Adam Mc Quaid celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference finals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston on Friday

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

The Boston Bruins have traded veteran defenseman Adam McQuaid to the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Steven Kampfer and a pair of future draft picks, General Manager Don Sweeney announced Tuesday.

Putting emotion aside, what exactly is Boston getting in losing a player that spent his entire 11 year career in Boston?

The Rangers should have between $2.6 and $3.5 million in cap space available at the start of the year depending upon whether the team starts with seven or eight defensemen on the roster. Everyone can't play and with some young guys making an impact in their rookie season some older guys are going to have to take a backseat. But for many fans, losing someone like McQuaid is a tough sell.

McQuaid, 31, has played in 462 career games for the Bruins, dating back to the 2009-10 season.

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McQuaid was a member of the Bruins team that won the Stanley Cup in the 2010-2011 season. He played a career high of 77 games when he was healthy (healthy being the key word). He made his first National Hockey League appearance with Boston in 2009-10, before becoming a mainstay on the team the following season, with three goals and a career-high 12 assists in 67 regular season appearances in 2010-11. He was later traded to the Minnesota Wild. Kampfer had also played for the Florida Panthers prior to being shipped to NY.

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. McQuaid is a presence whenever he hops over the boards. Kampfer will carry a $650,000 cap hit for Boston in his final year under contract. And for the guys in the locker room, he was a great teammate.

"It's tough to see him go".

Once a Bruin, always a Bruin.

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