One of the greatest catalysts for the New York Rangers' rapid decline down the Metropolitan Division standings last season was the defense.
The Rangers have acquired veteran stay-at-home defenseman Adam McQuaid from the Bruins for defenseman Steven Kampfer, a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional seventh-round draft pick. He had three points over that time, as he's your essential borderline NHLer/seventh d-man role player. He never played a game with Columbus before he was traded by the Blue Jackets to Boston in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the offseason.
Adam McQuaid's ceiling is a bottom pairing defenseman.
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.
McQuaid, 31, heads into his 10th National Hockey League season.
Though McQuaid may have lacked the necessary skill and speed to keep up in today's National Hockey League his toughness was unrivaled.
Just last season, McQuaid had just one goal, three assists, and 62 penalty minutes in 38 games played after returning from a broken right fibula suffered at the start of the season.
His best year came in 2010-2011 as a 24-year-old the Bruins.
As for Kampfer, he played sporadically over the past two seasons in NY, as he totaled one goal and two assists through 32 games.
DeAngelo is a 22-year-old, so if I'm the Rangers I'm giving him a shot to play every day in a rebuilding year.