The Rangers added some fiber and - gasp! - experience to the needy right side of the blue line by acquiring Adam McQuaid from the Bruins on Tuesday in exchange for Steven Kampfer and a fourth-round draft pick, The Post has learned.
McQuaid carries a cap hit of $2.75 million into the season, so the deal frees up a little more than $2 million in cap space for the Bruins.
The New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, two of the NHL's original six franchises, have completed a trade.
McQuaid, who will turn 32 on October 12, joins righties Kevin Shattenkirk, Neal Pionk and Tony DeAngelo on the depth chart.
Limited to 38 games largely because of a broken leg last season, McQuaid had one goal and three assists. Over the next two seasons, he tallied one goal and two assists in 32 National Hockey League games.
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The right-handed McQuaid, 31, has played his entire nine-year career in Boston since being drafted in the second round in 2005.
Joe Haggerty: "Adam McQuaid traded to the New York Rangers for old friend Steve Kampfer, a fourth round pick and a conditional 7th rounder". In 166 career games, the MI native has 10 goals and 16 assists. However, he's never played more than 47 games in a season, bouncing back and forth between the National Hockey League and AHL.
Kampfer, who turns 30 in late September, returns to the Bruins after being drafted in 2007 and making his National Hockey League debut with them in 2010.
The soon-to-be-30-year-old Kampfer has essentially been a depth defenseman throughout his career, most recently with the Rangers and before that with the Panthers and Wild.
Kampfer plays a much different style of defense than McQuaid, as he's a smaller, quicker defenseman.