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Canes make lots of deals, but not “the big one”

On the trading deadline day, Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford was very busy.  He made five transactions, which sent a total of six players out of Raleigh.  In return, the Canes organ-eye-zation is getting four players and five picks.  Just one of the four players is NHL ready, but they’ll be picking up a third round, fourth round, sixth round and seventh round pick in this summer’s draft, plus a second round pick in 2011.  There are two very important things going on with these trades that will help Carolina immensely.  First, they’re going to immediately save money, getting some of these contracts off the books.  And they instantly get much younger.  Five Canes players who were traded are over the age of thirty, and they only gave away one prospect.  In return, they’re getting one NHL player, three prospects, and the picks.
Among the bevy of trades, Ray Whitney remains a Hurricane.  He was considered to be a highly sought after player in the trade market, but nobody was able to make an attractive enough offer.  I’ll try to make quick analysis of each of the trades.  I realize that I might be among the minority in Caniac Nation, but I really like what Jim Rutherford did today.

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Canes beef up defense with A-Ward

On Friday, the Hurricanes announced a trade that might not have been expected, but shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.  They sent the disappointing Patrick Eaves and a fourth round draft pick in 2010 to the Bruins for former fan favorite Aaron Ward.  With this trade, Carolina takes on an extra $1.1M in salary, and the blueline just became a little crowded.  I’d say Frantisek Kaberle’s minutes are numbered and a buyout is imminent. 

In related news, the Bruins immediately put Patrick Eaves on waivers, with the intent of buying him out.  For the Bruins, this works out well short term because buying out Patrick eaves will cost them $500k for the next four seasons compared to buying out Ward, which would have cost them $825k for the next two seasons.  It’s more cash overall to buy out Eaves, but less right now. EDIT That’s completely wrong.  Read the comments to find out why.

Carolina, meanwhile, gets a familiar face and Ward gets to actually live in the Raleigh house that he bought back in 2006.

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AWard fires shots over the bow and will play in game six

When the doctors examined Aaron Ward’s face,  they “saw something in the x-ray” and suggested to him that he wear a visor in game six.  He said he never has, and he’s not about to start. 

He had lots more to say about the Walker incident, describing Walker’s side of the story as “a joke”.  He also took great exception to the use of the term “engaged” when describing a fight.  Then, in a very bizarre move, he played a political card.

“I know Jimmy (Rutherford)  is a pretty staunch Republican. I didn’t know he brought Karl Rove in here to spin it for him,”

Read all about it here.


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Boston Globe:  Possible broken orbital bone.

The Bruins Blog is reporting that Claude Julien thinks that Aaron Ward may have suffered a broken orbital bone as a result of Scott Walker’s punch in the closing moments of Boston’s 4-0 win on Sunday.  Boston staved off elimination, but may have lost one of their top defensemen.

Rule 47.22 clearly states that Walker will be in line for an automatic one game suspension because he instigated a fight with less than five minutes to play in regulation.  It also states that coach Paul Maurice will face a $10k fine.  In some instances, the penalty may be rescinded, but this won’t be one of those cases.  Walker was suspended for one game last season for headbutting Ottawa’s Mike Fisher, so he doesn’t have a pristine driving record. 

Carolina will have to make at least one lineup change for game six, and I think probably two. 

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