A spare roster part for stretches of last season and pegged for more of the same in 2018-19, Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was dealt Tuesday morning to NY, where the 31-year-old back liner will be expected to log ample playing minutes on a Rangers team in rebuild mode.
McQuaid, 31, has spent his entire 11-year career with the Bruins since being acquired by the team from the Columbus Blue Jackets on May 17, 2007, in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. His best season came in 2010-11, when he had 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) and finished fifth in the National Hockey League with a plus-30 rating. "Today was a tough morning. we'll miss him".
McQuaid carries a cap hit of $2.75 million into the season, so the deal frees up a little more than $2 million in cap space for the Bruins.More news: Khan knocked down before points win in Birmingham
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In 2017-2018 the New York Rangers struggled on the blue line. "At one point, we're going to have to move on ... but it's tough to see your teammates go". "We'll miss him, as a person and as a teammate".
"An incredible guy off the ice and in the room", he said. He'll do anything for the team, anything for each individual player. "It sucks, but unfortunately this is the business".
The teams announced the trade Tuesday before the Bruins flew to China for two exhibition games. At 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, he's posted 10-16-26 totals in that time. Most recently, he completed two seasons with the Rangers. 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.