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Bruins Trade Aaron Ward To Carolina

Aaron Ward (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

In what must be an effort to free up space for a Phil Kessel signing down the road, the Bruins today traded veteran defenseman Aaron Ward to Carolina in exchange for right winger Patrick Eaves and a fourth-round draft pick.

Immediately after acquiring Eaves, GM Peter Chiarelli placed the 25-year-old winger on waivers for the purpose of buying him out. By removing Ward’s $2.5 million salary from the books, this should allow the Bruins to offer Kessel a deal in the $4-$5 million per year salary that he is looking for.

Ward, 36, spent the 2005-06 season with the Hurricanes, the year that Carolina beat Edmonton for the Stanley Cup. Ward still lives in that area during the offseason.

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  1. [...] forward and a fourth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Aaron Ward on July 24. After the trade was finalized, Eaves was immediately placed upon waivers by the Bruins and his [...]

    Posted by Ex-Eagle, Quasi-former Bruin Forward Patrick Eaves Signs With Red Wings | Sports of Boston | August 6, 2009, 4:56 am
  2. [...] we saw the free agent departures of Shane Hnidy to Minnesota and Steve Montador to Buffalo, while a surprising trade of veteran Aaron Ward to Carolina highlighted what was regarded as a relatively quiet summer for GM Peter Chiarelli’s [...]

    Posted by Bruins 2009-2010 Season Preview: Defensemen | Sports of Boston | September 17, 2009, 8:48 am

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