Rangers land veteran defenseman in trade with Bruins

Bruins trade Adam Mc Quaid to Rangers             Tuesday

Bruins trade Adam Mc Quaid to Rangers Tuesday

Whether they were about to catch the team's plane bound for the start of training camp in Shenzhen, China, or among the group staying behind to begin preparing for the 2018-19 season, the Bruins - especially those who have served for any length of time - were sobered by the news that veteran defenseman Adam McQuaid had been traded to the Rangers.

Though he was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2005, McQuaid was sent shipped out to Boston.

Limited to 38 games largely because of a broken leg last season, McQuaid had one goal and three assists. In two seasons with NY, he appeared in 32 games registering one goal and three points.

The 6-foot-4, 212-pound Canadian has 13 career goals and 53 assists for 66 points.

Since then, Kampfer spent two seasons in the AHL and then played in 73 National Hockey League games with the Florida Panthers from 2014-17.

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. He was also instrumental in helping Boston win the Stanley Cup in 2011. In that year he was a plus 30, appearing in 67 games for the Bruins. Today was a tough morning.

McQuaid, 32 next month, faced the likely prospect of making more contributions off the ice in the coming season. A fourth-round pick (No. 93) by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2007 NHL Draft, Kampfer has 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 166 games with the Bruins, Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers and Rangers.

Not to mention he has one year remaining on his current deal, which totals $2.75 million. "At one point, we're going to have to move on ... but it's tough to see your teammates go".

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