He is a right-handed defenseman, which most clubs covet and need, with a Stanley Cup ring and a rep as a great teammate and character guy who will do anything to win.
McQuaid, 32 next month, faced the likely prospect of making more contributions off the ice in the coming season.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney made the announcement Tuesday morning. "When you look around the room, you want guys like him ..."
McQuaid was travelling Tuesday and unable to be reached for comment. 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.
The six-foot-four, 212-pound defenceman recorded 13 goals and 53 assists for 66 points with 652 penalty minutes in 462 games. "He willed himself, made himself into a really, really good player, and he won a Stanley Cup (2010-11 was his first full National Hockey League season) as a result. A lot went into it, and I was there every step of the way". He played 32 games for NY over the past two years. "Today was a tough morning. we'll miss him".
Adam McQuaid's ceiling is a bottom pairing defenseman. With the amount of young guys and the depth being built up in Boston, McQuaid may not have had a regular spot on the roster.
"Yeah, it's a tough day", Marchand said, via CBS Boston. "At one point, we're going to have to move on ... but it's tough to see your teammates go".