New York Rangers Adam McQuaid Traded To Columbus Blue Jackets

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Adam McQuaid
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 08: Adam McQuaid #54 of the New York Rangers pushes Saku Maenalanen #8 of the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period at Madison Square Garden on February 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers have agreed to trade Adam McQuaid to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenceman Julius Bergman, a fourth and seventh-round draft pick. The Blue Jackets have been busy in the last few days. McQuaid is the third player the team has acquired in the last few days.

Adam McQuaid Traded To Blue Jackets

In McQuaid, the Blue Jackets get an experienced defencemen who is not afraid to pack a punch. This season, he scored 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points, adding 33 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers are 43.3 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -4.9.

Over his 10-year career, McQuaid has played for the Boston Bruins and Rangers. In that time, he has 15 goals and 56 assists for 71 career points in 498 career games. He was originally drafted in the second round, 55th overall of the 2005 NHL draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bergman, 23, was part of the Matt Duchene deal between Columbus and the Ottawa Senators. In 33 games with Belleville of the AHL, he’s picked up six assists.

What This Means for the Future

The 32-year-old defencemen provides an added physicality to the Blue Jackets lineup. And although the powerful Canadian native did not perform well statistically for the Rangers, McQuaid still has worth. He has proved time and time again that he is a reliable defenceman that is willing to put his body on the line for his team.

Although McQuaid was a much needed physical force for the Rangers, he does not fit the “rebuild” plan. The Blue Jackets hope his depth can help push them further towards a playoff spot.

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