Ward Resigns for 2 years
Aaron Ward has resigned with the Bruins at $2.5 million for the next two season. This is a pretty good deal although it is hard to understand why the Bruins would not target Dennis Wideman, a much more valuable defenseman and part of the team, before resigning Ward. The Bruins now have 5 defensemen under contract for next season. Wideman and Mark Stuart are restricted free agents, both of whom are expected to return and probably will. Matt Lashoff is also under contract, this may be an indication he will be in Providence for another year. This deal may also mean the Bruins do not make a push for Marian Hossa come July 1st. If they are pursuing him, they are going to have to shed some salary. Glen Murray, Peter Schaeffer and Manny Fernandez will be tough sells to any GM in the league. Therefore, if the Bruins are trying to add Hossa, then valuable players such as Ference($1.4 million) or P.J. Axelsson($1.85 million) may have to become expendable to free up the necessary salary.