Adam McQuaid. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Adam McQuaid spent nine NHL seasons with the Bruins, but he's now a member of the Rangers after yesterday's trade for fellow defenseman Steve Kampfer, a 2019 fourth-round draft pick, and a conditional seventh-rounder. General manager Don Sweeney and head coach Bruce Cassidy acknowledged it was a tough decision.
"Very difficult day for me personally, and for the organization as well," Sweeney said. "We want to thank Adam, a tremendous Bruin."
"It is tough to see him go," Cassidy said. "It's been ten years we've been together, way back in Providence.
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Both men said McQuaid's leadership will be missed, though they hope others will grow into that role.
For Kampfer, it's a return to where his NHL career began. He and McQuaid were teammates on the 2011 Stanley Cup winning squad. Kampfer appeared in 48 games for Boston over parts of two seasons, with five goals, seven assists, and a plus-15 rating. He's also appeared in 118 contests for New York, Florida, and Minnesota since a 2012 trade to the Wild.
The 29-year-old will compete for playing time with Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo, Kevan Miller, Matt Grzelcyk, and John Moore, among others.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports