Edited Sep 11, 2018 at 4:22
I give the Bruins a slight edge just because of the Cap differential between Kampfer & McQuaid. It’s very likely Kampfer finds himself on waivers and playing Top 4 minutes down in Providence at the end of this month, if not then then at some point this year. With an $0.85M Cap Hit his salary can be completely buried.
The same was definitely not the case with McQuaid. Moreover, despite being a 7th or even 8th D-Man if all hands are healthy, it’s VERY unlikely the Bruins would have sent McQuaid down. One of the few pieces remaining from their Cup win (they’re down to just 5 players now, I believe), McQuaid was a well-loved and respected guy by fans and teammates and the morale hit by sending him down (and that over a $1M would still go against the Cap) would make sending him down to the P-Bruins undesirable at best. I’m sure they could talk about “leadership for the next generation of Bruins D” and what not but it would be a bad locker room move no matter what spin one put on it.
The mid round pick (which will be on the higher end of the round too) is nothing to sneeze at and that’s the real return. If Kampfer is playing for the Bruins (of Boston, not Providence) then something has gone pretty wrong.
No the most important benefit is the >$2M in cap Space freed up (assuming Kampfer goes down). This combined with existing space lets the Bruins back into the UFA game, and could potentially sign an impact middle-6 winger with the $5M+ they now have readily available. Who or where with what’s left will be the big challenge now (although this would free up space to sign some guy named Nash, assuming he doesn’t retire). But an impact winger is what the Bruins need to be able to remain with the elite in the Atlantic (and Florida has upped their game too) so this move makes that possible, financially at least. This financial flexibility to get a middle-6 winger wasn’t the case 24h ago and for this reason I say the Bruins were the winners here.