Bruins Deal Ward To 'Canes For Pick And Eaves; Waive Eaves

Jul 24, 2009 Full story: Local6.com

The Boston Bruins traded defenseman Aaron Ward to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, receiving right wing Patrick Eaves and a fourth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in return.

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notgettinthisone

Victoria, Canada

#1 Jul 25, 2009
Ok, so I'm confused. Why would Boston trade Ward for a player they don't want? Maybe there is something I am missing, but they received Eaves (plus a 4th round draft pick: not exactly a big deal) and then put him on waivers in order to buy out his contract? That doesn't make sense to me. They traded a guy so that they can get another guy, and all they do is give him money to go away? What does Boston get out of the deal?

Since: Dec 08

Edmonton, Canada

#2 Jul 26, 2009
notgettinthisone wrote:
Ok, so I'm confused. Why would Boston trade Ward for a player they don't want? Maybe there is something I am missing, but they received Eaves (plus a 4th round draft pick: not exactly a big deal) and then put him on waivers in order to buy out his contract? That doesn't make sense to me. They traded a guy so that they can get another guy, and all they do is give him money to go away? What does Boston get out of the deal?
Foremost, Boston gets a fourth-round draft pick; clears cap space from its payroll by eating just a percentage of the Eaves' contract; and allows them to sign a more physical player in FA Derek Morris, at a cheaper cost.

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