The Bruins Send Adam McQuaid To The Rangers

Annette Crawford
Сентября 15, 2018

The defenseman was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round, (55th overall), of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. According to NBC's Joe Haggerty, GM Don Sweeney "wasn't anxious about losing McQuaid's toughness and fighting ability" as Boston has "team toughness".

"We had gone back and forth for a while, debating whether or not we were going to stay as-is (eight defensemen), and feel very confident about our group", general manager Don Sweeney said, "or to allow some of the younger guys to continue to push through and feel OK about our depth, minus the obvious - if we have injuries".

"It's a very hard day", said Sweeney.

"We want to thank Adam", Sweeney said during a press conference.

McQuaid spent nine years with the Bruins and made his bones as a tough third-pairing defender who was beloved in the locker room, in part because of his willingness to stand up for his teammates on the ice.

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Head coach Bruce Cassidy continued in the line of praise for the bruiser.

It felt like only a matter of time until the Bruins made a move to clear up their logjam on defense, and now they have.

"It's a very hard day, we want to thank Adam", general manager Don Sweeney said Tuesday morning. Though there is still competition, it's now been toned down a notch with McQuaid's departure.

His best year came in 2010-2011 as a 24-year-old the Bruins. 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. He was dealt to Minnesota during the 2011-12 season. Kampfer played in 48 National Hockey League games for the Bruins, scoring five times and adding seven assists.

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