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Friday, July 24, 2009

Aaron Ward traded back to Carolina

Aaron Ward has been traded back to the Carolina Hurricanes for Patrick Eaves and a fourth round draft pick. Ward has a cap hit of $2.5 million for this upcoming season. Eaves has a cap hit of $1.4 million for this season and next. After acquiring Eaves, the Bruins have then placed him on waivers in attempts to buy out the right winger. If Eaves clears waivers and is officially bought out, the Bruins will carry a $258,333 cap hit for his buyout for the 2009-2010, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013 seasons. Since Eaves contract has escalating salaries, the Bruins actually get an additional 41,000 added onto their 2010-2011 cap total. This move is obviously a salary dump by the Bruins and frees up to $2.241,667 million, which could possibly be used to get Phil Kessel signed. The Bruins now have $4,604,167 million in cap space for the 2009-2010 season.

UPDATE: In a conference call this afternoon, Peter Chiarelli said he is expecting to add another defenseman to the current group. He did not specify whether that defenseman would come via trade or free agency.

24 Comments:

Anonymous Bruins Fan in Montreal said...

How much money does this really save the bruins. If they buyout eaves.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good move by PC - now he needs to renegotiate chara's contract - 5 years - 5 mil per - I dont understand why this has never come up - Chara is good but not 7.5 mil good. The only player in the league now worth that kind of money is Ovechin

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i see why the trade was made, but it's too bad. ward was a classy guy and good bruin. he'll be missed.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous James said...

very smart move by the bruins. going to miss ward but his salary coming off the books is huge. now we need some help on d.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Jefe77 said...

He will be missed, but this made the most sense to make room for Phil.

Ferrence and Kobasew were the next obvious options, who still bring more to the table than Ward in the long run.

We have now completely preserved our 3 top lines while adding Recchi and getting Sturm back.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

what sucks is all the promotional work ward did for the winter classic...thanks pal!

so who plays defense now?

chara-wideman
stuart-hunwick
ference and...? boychuk? fata?

i dunno! hopefully stuart and hunwick (relatively junior) don't shit the bed.

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is horrible management. Not that Ward is a shut down defenseman by any means, but depleting our defense even more than it already is does not help. Trading Ward' contract for Eave's doesn't exactly save much cap space. On top of that, Eave's has been horrible since he got hit in the head in 07'-HORRIBLE!

1:14 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

hey anon, are you stupid or something? maybe you should read the entire article instead of just the headline and the pictures...

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great move. now we'll see what boychuk can do on the big club. if anyone is worried about defense: we by far had the best GAA in the league last season!!!

stuart will become the next ward for us so no worries

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that being said: ward was a great bruin and it sucks to see him go.

ward + walker? that could be interesting

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ward is a class act - I wish him success except when he plays against the bruins.
From what I see - this gets back 1.5 mil - not really that much - I think if Kessel wants more than Krejci let him go - Kessel has a lot to prove before he is worth any more money - He is a great scorer but the rest of his game sucks.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous James said...

who are these idiot anonymous posters? it says the bruins save 2.24 millon. can you not read that????????????

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To people who say this was a good trade I LOL ward was are best defense man. The person that should have been traded is weidman that overpriced piece of garbage.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aaron ward missed 17 games eeach of the past 2 seasons. the guy was always hurt and even though he played hurt it obviously affected his play. for 2.5 million he was overpaid.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in wards 12 year career he averaged 64 games a season. worth 2.5 million? i dont think so.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous James said...

mook are the kessel for kaberle rumors starting again up there? i hope not kaberle is overrate IMO

3:52 PM  
Anonymous MC Puck said...

it never ceases to amaze me how many idiots come in here and post under anonymous because they don't want to get torn to shreds by the people who actually follow this team.

The move was made from a pure cap standpoint. It doesn't clear up 1.5 mill, it clears up 2.6 because after the buyout we're not responsible for eaves entire contract - so that point is moot.

As far as "are best defenseman" which is terrible grammar, go look at the numbers. First of all, I loved Wardo because he was a warrior, but he was overpaid considering he's going to be 37 next season, and making 2.5 mill to play 60ish games. When Ward was hurt this past season, we got a chance to see how good Hunwick was, and as far as I'm concerned, Ward was the biggest hole on D down the stretch and in the playoffs.

Kudos to Charelli for finally getting this done and sending Ward to a team he wants to play for.

And according to Burke and rumors I've heard, Kaberle isn't going anywhere.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FREES---->$2,241,667 million, which could possibly be used to get Phil Kessel signed.
THE BRUINS NOW HAVE===== $4,604,167 million in cap space for the 2009-2010 season.
Please read entire article before posting.

4:58 PM  
Anonymous psands said...

sad to see ward go, he was a great bruin, battled hard every night but this was a good move, and if they are going to add another d-man then this can not be the final salary cap move they make.

a forward most likely will go next, and its hard for me to imagine that sturm really wont waive his no trade clause if the bruins really ask him to.

btw....alberts to philly after the hartnell hit then ward to carolina after the walker punch

bergeron to philly next???

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Rich said...

With Ward out there has to be another move coming.

Maybe Kobasew for picks to make room for a UFA signing (Babchuk/MA Bergeron/Seidenberg/...?)

Or Kobasew traded with one of our 2nd rounders for a Dman straight up?

5:27 PM  
Anonymous psands said...

rumor has it that the bruins might be close to signing derek morris.(puke)

6:40 PM  
Blogger Mook said...

burke says kaberle is going nowhere. if chia wanted kaberla and the #7 pick overall for kessel at the draft, there's no way it's happening now 1-for-1.

anon: you said ward is our best defenseman? you're a moron. sure he was a warrior and blah blah blah BUT he was a penalty machine. he took so many roughing, holding and hooking calls i'm not sad to see him go. frankly i am surprised he's getting so much attention. he was not worth 2.5mil...and was outplayed by stuart, hunwick, ference (at half his size) friggen everyone.

wideman is overrated? you're an idiot. i don't regret the boyes for wideman deal at all...

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm concerned, Ward was the biggest hole on D down the stretch and in the playoffs.

Kudos to Charelli for finally getting this done and sending Ward to a team he wants to play for"

Did you even watch the playoffs?

7:30 PM  
Anonymous BosBrn77 said...

Wouldn't it had been better to send Eaves to Providence.... just in case? You never know if a player got injured. Not to mention, adding the buyout hit!

6:36 PM  

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