The Bruins traded McQuaid to the Rangers in exchange for Steve Kampfer, a 2019 fourth-round draft pick and conditional seventh-rounder Tuesday. Adding John Moore through free agency and subsequently inviting Mark Fayne to training camp on a PTO helped make this deal possible for the Bruins. McQuaid is a rugged defenseman who has no problem exceeding 100 hits and just as many blocked shots when he appears in at least 50 games over the course of a given campaign. However, fantasy owners will want to take into account that the 6-foot-4, 212-pound rearguard has only averaged 51 games over nine seasons at the top level.
McQuaid finished up the 2017-18 regular season with one goal and four points, to go along with 62 PIM in 38 games. McQuaid remains off the fantasy radar in leagues that don't factor in hits, blocks and penalty minutes, but the 31-year-old's rugged play and willingness to stand up for his teammates add a useful dimension to the Boston blue line corps heading into the postseason. McQuaid remains under contract with the Bruins for the 2018-19 campaign, but it's possible that the team could consider moving the 6-foot-4, 212-pounder this coming offseason, with some youngsters poised to make runs at roster spots next fall.
McQuaid, who was forced out Monday's game with an unspecified injury, practiced Tuesday. We'll operate under the assumption that the rugged defender will be fine for Wednesday night's game against the Blues. With McQuaid dinged up and Zdeno Chara (upper body) and Charlie McAvoy (knee) still sidelined, the Bruins have recalled Paul Postma to serve as a spare blueliner for the team. In 28 games to date, McQuaid has logged just three points, but he can at least help out in leagues where his PIM (49), hits (64) and blocks (42) factor in.
McQuaid left Monday's tilt versus Columbus in the third period with an unspecified injury, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports. It's unclear when McQuaid suffered his injury or what he's exactly dealing with, and head coach Bruce Cassidy was unsure of the severity following the game. If the 31-year-old isn't ready for Wednesday's game against St. Louis, the Bruins may need to call someone up from AHL Providence, as they don't have a seventh defensemen on their roster at the moment.
McQuaid scored his first goal since Feb.12, 2017 and racked up 18 PIM in Sunday's win over the Devils. McQuaid has only appeared in 18 games this season due to a leg injury, collecting two points and 44 PIM. The third-pairing blueliner is known for his physical play and doesn't offer much in terms of offensive production. McQuaid has never surpassed 15 points in his NHL career, so unless your league relies solely on PIM and defensive categories, it's best to steer clear of the rearguard in fantasy.
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