Bruins Recent Moves
The Bruins made a few moves this weekend.
Bruins traded Aaron Ward to Carolina for Patrick Eaves and a 4th round pick. Placed Eaves on waivers and will buy him out.
I thought Ference would be the odd man out, but Chiarelli likes him for some reason. Ward was making 2.5 million vs. Ference's 1.4, so that comes into play. The Bruins wanted a puck moving guy and decided to get rid of Ward and sign Morris. I thought Ward would net more of a return, but I thought it was nice of Chiarelli to deal him to Carolina where he lives. We saved 2.2 million in cap space with this move. I hate having dead money on the payroll, as we have about 2 million this season, and Eaves' contract will be on us for 4 more seasons at around 200k per. Ward has also been injury prone of late, but he was great in his own zone and good at blocking shots. The 4th round pick is not really much. Could we have gotten something better from somewhere else? Possibly, but it was not too bad.
Bruins signed Derek Morris to a 1 year, 3.3 million dollar deal.
At first when we traded Ward, I thought we were going to sign Sergei Zubov to a deal under 1.1 million and sign Kessel, but I was wrong. I had a feeling the Bruins were going to go after Morris and he is a good puck moving player. His point total has dwindled, but he did play in Phoenix, which isn't a great team. If he can regain his form, he will be a steal. I thought this was too much money because it's now late July, so you think you could get a discount, but I like the addition of Morris and I think he will help the PP and transition game which is so vital to this team.