Boston Bruins Trade Away Adam McQuaid For A Former Friend With Fellow 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Steven Kampfer Coming Back To Boston
On Tuesday morning the Boston Bruins announced that they have traded away defense-man Adam McQuaid to the New York Rangers in exchange for defense-man Steven Kampfer, a 2019 fourth round pick and a 2019 conditional seventh round pick.
This is rather shocking with the 31-year-old McQuaid being a career long Bruin playing 11 professional seasons with the organization since being acquired from the Blue Jackets back in 2007 for a fifth round pick. McQuaid broke into the NHL and onto Boston’s roster in 2009-10 and became a mainstay on their defense over the past nine seasons.
The long-time Bruin helped lead Boston to the 2011 Stanley Cup and has tallied 13 goals and 53 assists in 462 games with 652 penalty minutes for the Bruins.
As for acquiring Kampfer, he is a familiar face to the Bruins.
The 29-year-old has skated in 166 NHL games in his career with 10 goals and 16 assists with 82 penalty minutes. He was originally selected by the Ducks in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Level Draft before being traded to Boston originally back on March 2, 2010 in exchange for a conditional fourth round draft pick that was later traded to Carolina who drafted Justin Shugg.
Kampfer made his NHL debut with Boston back on December 9 2010 and appeared in 38 games with Boston in the 2010-11 season. Kampfer had a career year scoring five goals and 10 assists also being part of the 2011 Stanley Cup team with McQuaid.
Kampfer will likely be a call-up option from AHL Providence that has NHL experience. With the current roster build-up the Bruins simply did not need to have McQuaid anymore and making a move now made the most sense.