Though he was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2005, McQuaid was sent shipped out to Boston.
The 31-year-old was limited to just 38 games this past season, putting up one goal and three assists.
With that in mind, Gorton pulled a low-risk (no-risk?) trade with Boston Tuesday for big, tough defenseman Adam McQuaid.
"We had gone back and forth for a while, debating whether or not we were going to stay as-is (eight defensemen), and feel very confident about our group", general manager Don Sweeney said, "or to allow some of the younger guys to continue to push through and feel OK about our depth, minus the obvious - if we have injuries".
Kampfer, who turns 30 on September 24, had one assist in 22 games for the Rangers last season. He made his professional debut with the Bruins in 2010 and was a member of the Stanley Cup winning team. He had two assists in 10 games with Boston the following season.
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"It's been 10 years we've been together, since way back in Providence", the coach said. Boston gets a 2019 fourth-round pick and a conditional seventh-rounder in a move that clears space for younger players on the blue line.
McQuaid is entering the final year of his current contract, carrying a $2.75 million cap hit.
"It's tough to see him go".