The 31-year old McQuaid was drafted 55th overall in the 2nd round of the 2005 draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. His best season came in 2010-11, when he had 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) and finished fifth in the National Hockey League with a plus-30 rating. The right-handed defenseman averaged 16:18 minutes of ice time with the Bruins, but never has played a full 82 game season.
McQuaid, a member of the Boston's 2011 Stanley Cup-winning squad, was dealt for journeyman defenseman Steve Kampfer, who previously played parts of two seasons with Boston, including his rookie season in 2010-11.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney made the announcement Tuesday morning. He played 32 games for NY over the past two years.
Last season McQuaid appeared in just 38 games as a broken fibula caused the veteran to miss most of the season.
Part of the mission statement made by GM Jeff Gorton and new coach David Quinn is for the Rangers to be a more hard team for opponents to play - particularly in their own end. Today was a tough morning. "10 years we've been together, going back to Providence", added Cassidy.
"It's tough to see him go".
Kampfer, who spent the first year and a half of his career in Boston from 2010-12, will likely occupy the same place on the depth chart (or perhaps be even lower), but he comes with the flexibility of a two-way contract that allows him to be sent down to Providence without having his salary count against the cap.