Dreger: Healthy McQuaid would draw trade interest

Adam McQuaid may well be another New York Ranger headed out the door in the coming weeks.

Darren Dreger had a Wednesday evening pregame TV hit on NBCSN before the Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins played, and was asked why the Rangers might deal him before the February 25 trade deadline.

“Again, primarily because of age and an expiring contract,” noted Dreger, who had just been asked about Mats Zuccarello and also Kevin Hayes. “He’s 32 years old. If he stays healthy enough, there’s no question that there’s going to be interest in Adam McQuaid. Right-shot D are always valuable in the second half and in the playoffs. This guy is 6-foot-4 and he can be a beast, provided he can stay healthy. Just ask Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who was rag-dolled recently by Adam McQuaid.

“Now, do you lean on that, do you need that type of a player in the Stanley Cup playoffs? Not necessarily to do what we just saw McQuaid do to Nazem Kadri, but it’s nice to that depth and it’s nice to have a little bit of bite and physicality in your lineup.”

McQuaid is wrapping up a four-year, $11 million contract, which carries a $2.75 million cap hit and does not have any trade protection written into it.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly