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From Craig Custance at the Sporting News:
Aaron Ward played in Boston when things first started turning around under GM Peter Chiarelli, and he noticed how desperately some hockey fans in the area wanted a winner. There was a group of fans quick to embrace the Bruins again because in that part of the country, hockey is in the veins.
“This town’s been aching for a winner so long when it comes to the Bruins,” Ward told Sporting News.
But now, this group has a chance to expand beyond the diehards. It has a chance to capture the imagination of the entire city.
And Ward thinks, if they do, the Bruins could find a long-term place right next to the Red Sox and Patriots in the hearts of Boston sports fans. This has a chance to be a relationship that isn’t temporary as hockey bonds sometimes are in other U.S. cities.
via James Mirtle tweet,
Defenceman Aaron Ward announces his retirement.
added 11:38am, via NHLPA,
“I’m very proud to have played for as long as I did in the NHL, with and against the best players in the game,” said Ward. “This game has left me with countless memories and relationships, especially from those Stanley Cup winning teams in Carolina and Detroit. Thank you to my family, fans, friends and teammates for all of the great years.”
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,
And Ward, like Selanne, seems to be in the twilight of his career. An unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, Ward, 37, can’t help but think about his future.
“When you get to this stage of your career, you let the season end and then you let everything settle and you go from there,” Ward said.
“First off you have to generate interest and then you have to determine whether or not you’re ready to play. At this point I’m ready to play. I’m looking forward to next season.”
Whether that would be with the Ducks remains to be seen as a transition stage looms for the club. Selanne and captain Scott Niedermayer might retire, and the Ducks could use Ward as a mentor for their younger defensemen.
But if Ward retired no would blame him.
via Chip Alexander tweet,
Ward to Anaheim for fourth-rounder and goalie Justin Pogge
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired defenseman Aaron Ward from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for goaltender Justin Pogge and a fourth-round selection in either the 2010 or 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The fourth-round pick from Anaheim was acquired yesterday from Boston in exchange for defenseman Steven Kampfer.
“Aaron Ward brings valuable experience and is a proven winner with three Stanley Cup championships,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “We are pleased to bring him on board.”
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
To hear those close to defenseman Aaron Ward tell it, the popular ex-Bruin wants back into Boston in a big, big way.
The 37-year-old defenseman and famed dressing room pontificator is downright miserable in Carolina with the down-and-out Hurricanes, and experienced his own personal Waterloo when he was placed on waivers by the Canes back on Dec. 14….
The only thing Ward would admit to CSNNE.com is that he’s decided he wants to play at least one more season next winter, and that Boston would be at the top of his NHL destinations if there’s mutual interest from B’s GM Peter Chiarelli.
San Jose, Detroit and Philly are also likely to be on Ward’s wish list of potential teams now that the carnage in Carolina has taken on that old hockey team smell, but Ward never wanted to leave Boston in the first place.
from Mary Caton of the Windsor Star,
Located near the player’s entrance, the party swells to as many as 60 at times and they’ve enjoyed drop-in visits from members of the Detroit Tigers’ baseball team, golfer Jack Nicklaus and numerous U of M alumni.
Persichilli gives full credit for their strategic locale to fellow U of M grad and Wind-sor native, Aaron Ward.
An NHL veteran now playing for the Carolina Hurricanes, Ward is Erica’s cousin.
While hockey doesn’t allow Ward to particpate in many pigskin parties at the moment, he plans to grill hot dogs and sausages right alongside Persichilli when he retires.
“He’s the one who got us to the location we’re at now,” Persichilli said. “We owe it to him.”
read on for more tailgating stories at Michigan…
RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired defenseman Aaron Ward from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Patrick Eaves and a fourth-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
“With this trade, our defense really takes shape,” said Rutherford. “Aaron played very well during his time in Carolina and had maintained that consistency with New York and Boston. We envision him complementing Joni Pitkanen well as a defensive pairing.”
added 11:42am, via the Boston Bruins,
The Boston Bruins have traded Aaron Ward to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2010 draft pick and Patrick Eaves. Eaves is on waivers.
The Boston Bruins shutout the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0. Chara was dominant on the ice tonight and the Canes could not match the desperation the B’s played with.
added 10:27pm, With the game well in hand, Bruins up 4-0 and about three minutes to go, Scott Walker of the Canes punches Aaron Ward of the Bruins.
Ward received 2 for roughing, Walker, 2 for instigating, 5 for fighting and a 10 minute misconduct.
added 10:57pm, Julien said in post-game presser that there is some fear Ward may have a broken orbital bone.
from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,
...you talk to Aaron Ward because, unlike most of the players in this league, Ward actually talks. And he does so without spewing a single cliché or ducking a question, which is a rather religious experience in this column business.
And when a player has three Stanley Cup rings, has been to five finals, was almost destroyed by Scotty Bowman, and once nearly scrapped with teammate Jaromir Jagr on the bench, there is plenty to talk about….
“One night in Chicago, I blocked a shot with my mouth and from the lip to the nose, I was gushing blood everywhere. As I headed to the room, Scotty yelled ‘If you’re not back in five, you don’t play another shift.’ Our doctor was about 80, so I knew there wasn’t a chance that the stitches were going in that fast!” Another night in Colorado, Forsberg and Sakic stepped on the ice, and Detroit assistant Dave Lewis sent Ward and his partner out.
“Scotty came running down the bench, yelling ‘Jesus Dave are you trying to make us lose the game!?!’ I was halfway across the ice, but I could hear it so clearly, I decided to save my career so I did a 180 and went back to the bench.” Ward would leave Detroit with two rings—and zero fear.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
The Boston Bruins have signed defenceman Aaron Ward to a multi-year contract extension.
Aaron Ward chatted with fans today at the Bruins website…
Hailey_Dodge: what is the most difficult part of the playoffs?
Aaron Ward: Maintaining your focus. SO MANY distractions… media, friends and family looking for tix, euphoria in the city…
beproud42: How do you respond to everyone who feels that this is going to be a (fairly) easy sweep for the Habs?
Aaron Ward: Games are played on the ice, not in the newspapers, on TV, or on computer screens. Playoffs have a different flavor.
from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Bruins top four defenseman Aaron Ward showed up on crutches for today’s morning skate on Causeway Street, which meant he wasn’t skating, and which also meant he won’t be in uniform tonight when the Bruins face the Panthers at the Garden.
Initial indication: a deep bruise, possibly on the bone. But it could be worse.
The Bruins are awaiting results of X-rays taken at Mass. General this morning.
more on the Bruins…
from the CP via TSN,
(Aaron) Ward was not bleeding when he left the ice and did not leave on a stretcher, but coach Claude Julien said following Boston’s 2-1 win that Ward coughed up some blood before leaving the ice.
The 35-year-old Ward was skating toward Penguins defenceman Sergei Gonchar near the end boards when Gonchar got either his forearm or his stick up and accidentally struck Ward in the neck.
‘‘I got there and he was making a choking sound, holding his throat and gasping for air,’’ teammate Zdeno Chara said.
Watch a video of the incident…
from the Boston Herald, Aaron Ward talking about the Bruins 3-1 loss to the Wings on Saturday,
“We should have won,” said defenseman Aaron Ward. “No one asked me, ‘Do you think you guys should have won this game?’ But, yeah, we should have. And that’s a big positive to come out of a game with.
“There’s not a guy in this locker room who doesn’t believe we should have won the game. Not to diminish what (the Red Wings) accomplished, but we should have won, plain and simple. And that is a good sign.”
more on the Bruins…
via the Boston Globe,
Aaron Ward, who missed his first game last night after suffering a concussion against Montreal, has passed two of the tests that are required for players who have sustained head injuries, and believes he can play on Thursday against Toronto.
Despite his recovery, Ward’s still not happy that defenseman Francis Bouillon, who delivered the hit, was not disciplined.
“In my past dealings with the National Hockey League, I’ve learned to set my expectations low. They met them,” said Ward. “It was a cheap hit. I’ve seen the video. The puck is 140 feet away. It’s not even in the zone. It’s inexplicable. But I’ll deal with it and move on.”
from the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Aaron Ward suffered a concussion in the third period last night when he was hit by a Francis Bouillon elbow. GM Peter Chiarelli said there is no timetable on Ward’s return. Chiarelli has not heard back from the league about any possible discipline for Bouillon.
more on the Bruins…
From Fluto Shinzawa at the Boston Globe,
Aaron Ward, more than most of his teammates, has been steamed ever since the preseason by the league-wide crystal-ballers who have pegged the Bruins for yet another rotten season.
“Most people,” said Ward about the season-opening five-game swing, “would have predicted that we’d be lucky to get 2 [points].”
Instead, the Bruins finally flew east - they had been on the road for 10 days - late Saturday night as owners of 6 hard-won points, probably more than any Black-and-Gold homer would have predicted for the West Coast trip.
“We’re struggling for attention in the city of Boston,” said Ward. “We’re kind of the redheaded stepchild out of the four teams.”
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Another day, another story on The Hockey News’ pre-season predictions – and the fury they generate in some people and players.
This time, it’s Boston defenseman Aaron Ward whose UnderArmor is in a twist. Apparently, he’s none too pleased we picked the Bruins to finish last in the Eastern Conference this season.
“There’s a reason why (those writers) are not putting skates on,” said Ward, employing the incomparably lame “Youse-guys-ain’t-NHLers-and-therefore-can’t-comment-on-nuthin’ ” argument. “And if (writers) really knew what they were doing, they wouldn’t be writing in Toronto or Montreal or New York. They’d be in Vegas, putting their money where their mouth is.”
Proteau responds and a bit on Ozolinsh too…