As the Rangers have finished up their third minor trade –turning two AHL veterans and Cody McLeod into three viable assets– last night, Darren Dreger went on TSN and stated that there could be a connection between the Rangers and Toronto on defenseman Adam McQuaid.
— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) February 18, 2019
Color me skeptical on this one, because Kyle Dubas is known for being one of the brighter young minds in the NHL and McQuaid is just flat out not good. He’s a right handed defenseman, and Toronto’s blue line is still a bit of a mess even after the Jake Muzzin acquisition, but this seems like a weird match. There’s an argument that his “veteran presence” can help the young Leafs, especially since Ron Hainsey is the elder statesman there.
The Rangers gave up a 4th and a 7th to get him, so getting that or more in return makes it worth while.