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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.