Boston, MA - When the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup back in 2011, one of their long-standing defensemen of the past decade was just a rookie. Adam McQuaid won it all during his first year with the Bruins in the NHL and although he has been a mainstay through each of the last eight seasons, he was traded to the New York Rangers this morning in exchange for Steven Kampfer and a fourth round draft pick.
The news left many faithful fans of the Bruins surprised and saddened because of the reliable presence and quality character of McQuaid, who will turn thirty-two years old this season. Quality defensive veterans are hard to come by, especially with McQuaid's size, which almost reaches six and a half feet tall. New York will definitely be adding a crucial presence for the team.
As for Boston, they likely got the most they could out of the aging McQuaid. A fan favorite, sure, but there's no denying that McQuaid was getting older and a broken fibula deterred his season last year, where he only wound up recording two goals, one of which was in the post-season. With one year left on his contract, it became clear that the Bruins would not be renewing their deal with the defenseman and they decided to move on while there could still be a return on their investment.
The fourth round pick is obviously an asset for the team, but they'll also get Kampfer, an obvious downgrade in terms of size for Boston's defensemen. Kampfer also played for Boston from 2010 to 2012, but he never really made much of an impact.
McQuaid's prime is likely behind him so I believe the Bruins made the right move with this deal. They also managed to free up roughly two million dollars in terms of cap space by swapping McQuaid for Kampfer. With Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller, Charlie McAvoy, and Torey Krug playing as strong defenders, the Bruins will not be lacking at that position. I'm sure all Bruins fans will deeply miss the play of McQuaid, though!