Things have been moving quite steadily in the National Hockey League as training camps are about to get kicked off, and since the last few weeks, some players have been on the move.
One of them shouldn’t get too acquainted to his new team: Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic believes he will be traded again this season.
On Tuesday, the New York Rangers acquired defenseman Adam McQuaid and his $2.75 million salary cap hit from the Boston Bruins. Carpiniello reports that the veteran blue liner could become a future trade asset at the deadline.
According to the information provided by Cap Friendly, the Rangers are left with around $3.576 million in salary cap space. If the Rangers are interested in taking on a big salary to help a team make clear some room, as it is believed they are working closely with the Tampa Bay Lightning to take on Ryan Callahan’s $5.8 million for the Bolts to land Ottawa Senators’ captain Erik Karlsson, New York would need to move out some salary as well.
“The addition means the Rangers’ top seven on defense figure to be Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei, Marc Staal, Brendan Smith, Neal Pionk, McQuaid and Fredrik Claesson, barring a young player (Libor Hajek?) pushing his way into the lineup during training camp and preseason.”
McQuaid could add some physicality, until younger players are ready and cheaper to do the job, and the Rangers could choose to move the veteran defender by the trade deadline.
“If nothing else, McQuaid can be a trade chip at the deadline — remember that the Rangers got a third-round pick and a player (Rob O’Gara) for Nick Holden last February.”
The 31-year-old player could gain some value as a rental player as a character guy who will do anything to win. He has had 55 NHL fights, plus six in the preseason, per hockeyfights.com, and could be useful to goalie Henrik Lundqvist and impress rival teams closer to Feb. 25.
That would be a lot of moves for the poor guy in one season, but it remains the business side of hockey… Let’s hope he does not unpack his boxes just yet…