One of the greatest catalysts for the New York Rangers' rapid decline down the Metropolitan Division standings last season was the defense. Now, it appears they have addressed the need for the rebuilding team.
The Rangers have acquired defenseman Adam McQuaid from the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenseman Steven Kampfer, a 2019 fourth-round draft pick, and a conditional seventh-round pick.
OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired defenseman Adam McQuaid from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Steven Kampfer, a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, and a conditional seventh-round draft pick. pic.twitter.com/3mUHQgJZDz— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) September 11, 2018
McQuaid spent the last nine seasons in Boston, as he was a member of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Champion team. The 31-year-old also tied for second-most hits per game in Bruins history (2.1).
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.
Not to mention he has one year remaining on his current deal, which totals $2.75 million.
Bruce Cassidy on Adam McQuaid:— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) September 11, 2018
“It’s tough to see him go...10 years we’ve been together, going back to Providence. Today was a tough morning...we’ll miss him.” pic.twitter.com/E1qnKw8tjO
Now, he joins a young Rangers team, which needs depth at defense, specifically with right handers. New York boast Kevin Shattenkirk, Tony DeAngelo, and Neal Pionk on that side of the ice.
Just last season, McQuaid had just one goal, three assists, and 62 penalty minutes in 38 games played after returning from a broken right fibula suffered at the start of the season.
Trade: Bruins ship Adam McQuaid to Rangers https://t.co/zIHh01DviQ— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) September 11, 2018
As for Kampfer, he played sporadically over the past two seasons in New York, as he totaled one goal and two assists through 32 games.
The Rangers desperately needed experience on the defense, and they got it in the form of Adam McQuaid.