The Blueshirts sent defenseman Steven Kampfer, a 2019 fourth-round draft pick and a conditional seventh-round pick to Boston in the deal.
McQuaid now will get a chance to bring his veteran leadership to a rebuilding team that certainly could use his presence. He's never played more than 47 games in an National Hockey League season.
Kampfer, 29, has skated in 166 career National Hockey League games, including one previous stint with the Bruins in 2010-11, during which he helped the team win the Stanley Cup. The last Ranger fourth-round pick to play in the National Hockey League was Dale Weise and he only played 10 games with the Rangers.
Adam McQuaid's ceiling is a bottom pairing defenseman. A native of Charlottetown, PEI, McQuaid had a goal and three assists in 15:42 minutes a night. 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.
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. He's someone who will be competing for a bottom pair spot as a right-handed shot with Anthony DeAngelo. Giving up picks for a replaceable depth player doesn't make sense to me unless the Rangers see him in a bigger role this year.