Bruins deal defenseman Adam McQuaid to Rangers for Steven Kampfer, picks

Boston Bruins trade defenseman Adam McQuaid to New York Rangers for Steven Kampfer, two draft picks

The defenseman was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round, (55th overall), of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. 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. 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.

For his career, he has played in 462 games registering 13 goals and 53 points. The right-handed defenseman averaged 16:18 minutes of ice time with the Bruins, but never has played a full 82 game season.

Cornwall's Adam McQuaid is on the move.

General manager Don Sweeney and head coach Bruce Cassidy on Tuesday both expressed how hard it was to move the 31-year-old, and it appears the sentiment is shared amongst the players, especially those who played with McQuaid for a long time. In that year he was a plus 30, appearing in 67 games for the Bruins.

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Last season McQuaid appeared in just 38 games as a broken fibula caused the veteran to miss most of the season.

"It's a very hard day, we want to thank Adam", general manager Don Sweeney said Tuesday morning. He was also instrumental in helping Boston win the Stanley Cup in 2011. He had two assists in 10 games with Boston the following season.

"It's tough to see him go", he said.

The trade was obviously made for McQuaid's toughness, something the Rangers were lacking on the blueline last season. "10 years we've been together, going back to Providence", said head coach Bruce Cassidy on the Bruins verified Twitter account. He has one year left on his contract at a salary-cap hit of $2.75 million.

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