3:39PM: The Rangers have announced that the deal is Bergman, 2019 4th, 2019 7th for McQuaid.
2:30PM: The Rangers also acquired defenseman Julius Bergman as part of the McQuaid trade. (Kevin Weekes)
Bergman, 23, was a second round pick of San Jose in 2014 and was part of the package that San Jose sent to Ottawa for Erik Karlsson.
Ottawa then included Bergman with Matt Duchene and a trade they made with Columbus.
Bergman is 6-2, a right shot defenseman and has played in 236 career AHL games with 16 goals and 57 assists.
In The Hockey News’ Future Watch Issues in the past, Bergman was:
- 2015: 9th ranked Sharks prospect, “Swede looked at WJC. Smooth transition to North American rink with London.”
- 2016: 6th ranked Sharks prospect, “Tentative start, then rapid progress in first full seasons as North American pro.”
- 2017: 7th ranked Sharks prospect, “has taken strides in his second AHL season but could use work on his shot.”
- 2018: 7th ranked Sharks prospect, “strong on his skates. Sharks want right-shot D-man to push the pace offensively.”
Bergman is an RFA after the season.
Adam Rotter: So this makes the deal a bit better for the Rangers as Bergman is just 23-years old, and while he has been moved a bunch in the last year, has some potential. With McQuaid being a UFA, they get two picks and youngish defenseman that will probably make his NHL debut with the Rangers over the next few weeks.
1:54PM: The Rangers have traded Adam McQuaid to Columbus for a 2019 4th round pick and 2019 7th round pick.
The Rangers acquired McQuaid prior to the season for Steven Kampfer, a fourth round pick and seventh round pick.
Adam Rotter: This one is pretty easy for the Rangers as they get back what they gave up for McQuaid. McQuaid’s biggest impact this season was on Brady Skjei and he played a big role in Skjei re-finding his game the past few weeks. McQuaid brought a lot of the same attributes, on and off the ice, as Dan Girardi did when he was a Ranger and he joined Marc Staal, and to some degree Kevin Shattenkirk, as the veterans on defense. McQuaid is a John Tortorella type of player and, if he can stay healthy, should be a good fit.