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Feb 19, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) and Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) fight during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Feb 19, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) and Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) fight during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

Brad Marchand said that it was "tough" to see Adam McQuaid get traded and that "when you look around the room, you want guys like him." (NBC Sports Boston)

Joe Haggerty described McQuaid as a "great teammate" and someone who stands up "without hesitation for his teammates against the biggest, toughest NHL foes." (NBC Sports Boston)

Haggerty notes that while McQuaid had fallen down the Bruins depth chart, they are going to miss his "toughness" and "selflessness."

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Feb 19, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Feb 19, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

Adam McQuaid was on NHL Tonight earlier to discuss his move to the Rangers and said:

  • Were you surprised with the trade, "you should never be surprised but I showed up at the rink prepared to go to China. It caught me off guard a little bit but things can change quickly and I headed home, packed up and drove down to NY. Was able to get in last night and meet all the guys and staff and management today. I've heard nothing but great things about the organization and everyone was kind and welcoming and excited about the new opportunity for sure."
  • On his fit with the Rangers, "I hope to be able to come in and help out on and off the ice and there are some young guys and a lot of promise. Boston has so much depth and a real bright future as well but being in Boston as long as I was and the friendships that you create with being with guys for 10+ years, not only that but the people you meet outside of hockey, it's tough to leave a place you are so entrenched in. A place you have given so much to and has given so much to you over the years. Getting here and the New York Rangers, it's pretty exciting and I'm taking it one day at a time but excited to see what is in store for our team."
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May 4, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) follows the play during the first period in game four of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
May 4, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) follows the play during the first period in game four of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

With their trade for Adam McQuaid, the Rangers will enter training camp with 47 of their 50 reserve list slots filled and between $2.6 million and $3.5 million in cap space.

The Rangers top-six heading into camp is likely to be Kevin Shattenkirk, McQuaid and Neal Pionk on the right side and Brady Skjei, Marc Staal and Fredrik Claesson/Brendan Smith on the left side.

Larry Brooks noted that Smith will be in competition on the left side with Claesson, John Gilmour, Rob O'Gara and possibly Libor Hajek.

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May 4, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) follows the play during the first period in game four of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
May 4, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) follows the play during the first period in game four of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Rangers have acquired Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid in exchange for Steven Kampfer, a 4th round pick in 2019 and a conditional seventh round pick.

McQuaid, 31, is a right shot defenseman and a UFA following this season.

He has a cap hit of $2.75 million this season but an actual salary of $2 million.

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