Rangers acquire defenseman Adam McQuaid

Earlier today, the Rangers made a move to improve the blueline. They acquired veteran defenseman Adam McQuaid from the Bruins in exchange for Steven Kampfer, a fourth round pick and conditional seventh.

The 31-year old right defenseman spent the past nine seasons with Boston playing a secondary role on the blueline. That included 2010-11 when he played a part in helping the Bruins win the Stanley Cup. A tough, rugged player with size and strength who’s listed at 6-4, 212 pounds, McQuaid can play on the third pair or be a valuable extra.

Having a veteran presence, who’s more capable of filling a void including team toughness due to his willingness to make opponents accountable, it’s a good pick up for a young, rebuilding team.

What’s more is that he’s in the last year of his contract. So, they can always flip him at the trade deadline to recoup a pick.

There’s nothing wrong with that. Consider it an upgrade over Kampfer, who was a serviceable depth player that filled in admirably when called upon. He’ll go to Boston and see if he can make a deeper team out of training camp. Best of luck to him.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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