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."
- On going from a top team to the Rangers, "it's one day at a time. There are all of these predictions made and people will say that some teams are positioned to do better than others but we are all starting from the same point and looking at the roster and skating with the guys today, I think we can do some good things and excited to see what we ca do and have fun doing it."
- On playing with Marc Staal again after being in junior together, "it's so nice. It's been a while since we played junior together but it's nice to have that familiar face. Just to have someone that you can go to.
- I see how much of a leader he already is in New York and have a ton of respect for him, even when we played junior together. It's kind of neat how it all comes full circle together. I'm exciting to re-kindle that friendship even more and maybe play together."
- His wife's take on being traded, "she's excited about but I think that for everyone it's kind of the same, somewhat of a shock and what changes are going to happen and she is really excited about it and it's a new start for us in our married life and a new start and city and we are embracing it and excited to get here and get set up and get started."