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Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid doesn’t want to be drafted by Vegas Golden Knights

04.26.17 at 3:12 pm ET
Adam McQuaid has spent his entire career with the Bruins. (Sergei Belski/USA Today Sports)

Adam McQuaid has spent his entire career with the Bruins. (Sergei Belski/USA Today Sports)

The Bruins, along with every other team in the league, are going to lose somebody to the Vegas Golden Knights come June’s expansion draft.

Unable to protect everybody (and expected to go with the seven forward-three defensemen-one goaltender protection plan), it’s likely that the Bruins will lose one of Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes, Ryan Spooner, or Riley Nash up front or one of Kevan Miller, Colin Miller, Joe Morrow, or Adam McQuaid from their point. They’re not the only options for the Golden Knights to take, but they’re the most likely, especially when you look at the guys the B’s have on that backend.

With Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug set to make up two-thirds of the protected defensemen for the B’s, the last spot will come down to one of those four defenders, and you can’t help but feel that the unprotected one of Kevan Miller or McQuaid will be picked by Vegas.

“Well, I hope not,” McQuaid, who played in a career-high 77 games this year, said when asked about the potential of leaving the Bruins via the expansion draft. “I never thought of it that way, to be honest with you.

“The reality of the situation is they’re picking somebody from every team, so, I hope that’s not the case for me. I’ve won back here and I’ve always said how much I love it back here and I can’t imagine playing for another team.”

A career-long Bruin — McQuaid’s 424 career games rank as the 57th-most in franchise history — McQuaid has experienced almost everything one can during his eight-year run in Boston. He’s been to two Stanley Cup Finals, including a victory in 2011, and has grown from Providence to Boston and into a bonafide leader for a B’s blue line that’s changed an awful lot over that span. He’s also set to enter the third year of a four-year deal that comes with an affordable $2.75 million cap hit.

But those exact reasons are why a team like Vegas might want the 30-year-old McQuaid in the first place.

“It’s totally out of my control, but hopefully, it’s not the case,” McQuaid said.

The expansion draft will be held June 18 to 20, and the team will be announced on June 21.

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