McKenzie on McQuaid’s trade return range

By this time next week, Adam McQuaid should be donning the jersey of a different NHL club.

Bob McKenzie had a Monday afternoon Leafs Lunch radio hit on Toronto’s TSN 1050.

The Insider was reminded of his comments last week that the Leafs might seek a depth defenseman like a Nick Jensen before the trade deadline, which provided McKenzie a chance to provide another potential target.

“I mentioned Jensen just in a hypothetical sense of the lower-case guy,” said McKenzie. “I wonder if Adam McQuaid is another guy that would be like that with the New York Rangers. Real hard rock, more of a depth defenseman, more of a 5-6-7, but brings an element that the Leafs and other teams look for at the deadline. There’s no question in my mind that the Rangers are going to trade him.

“The bar for them - they gave up Steve Kampfer and a 4th and a 7th to get him, but the Kampfer part of it was neither here nor there, that was just contract for a contract. I think the Rangers believe if they can get a 4th and a 7th for Adam McQuaid, or anything better than that, then they’re going to trade him because he’s on an expiring contract and they’re a rebuilding hockey team.

“So there would be just a plug-in-the-gap dimensional defenseman who has got one dimension - that is toughness - for a low price. Now whether the Leafs are in on that or whatever - but those are the types of deals that might make more sense than trying to do a blockbuster or what have you.”

McQuaid is finishing up a four-year, $11 million contract, which carries a $2.75 million cap hit. The defenseman can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Last week, McKenzie provided his thoughts on the potential prices for Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello.

Darren Dreger also mentioned that he wouldn’t be surprised if McQuaid were to be dealt by the Rangers and then possibly sign back with the team in free agency.

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