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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.
On Tuesday, the Hurricanes announced their final roster cuts. Defenseman/Right Wing Tim “We Got us a Great Big” Conboy, left wing Trevor Gillies and winger Joe Jensen have been sent to Albany, putting the roster at 25 men. Justin Williams and Scott Walker are on the injured reserve, so that unofficially puts them at 23, where they need to be for opening night.
It hurts a little bit to see Conboy sent down, as he has been a RBH favorite, but he was injured during camp and didn’t get much of a chance to play. He will most likely have a few cups of coffee this winter, but he’ll begin the season at the AHL level.
The big news here is that free agent try-out Dan LaCouture has made the final roster, as has 2008 first round draft selection Zach Boychuk. In all likelihood, Boychuk will play in nine or fewer games, then be returned to Lethbridge of the WHL. He is still recovering from surgery and hasn’t been cleared for contact yet, so he’ll be a scratch on opening night. It looks like the lines will look like this:
After losing the first three exhibition games (and looking bad doing so) the Hurricanes rattled off three straight wins to finish the preseason. Carolina will start playing games that count on Friday with a home game against the Panthers.
Eric Staal and Ray Whitney scored today for a 2-0 shutout over the Preds. Cam Ward went the distance, making 31 stops with both teams pretty much fielding the “A team”.
For the first time all preseason, Rod Brind’Amour played. He skated 19 shifts for a total of 15:04 of ice time. He took just 13 of the faceoffs, compared to 17 taken by Brandon Sutter. This was pretty much the plan: to use him sparingly.
On Wednesday, the Hurricanes got some horrible news. Justin Williams has torn his right Achilles tendon and will miss four to six months. According to the News and Observer, Williams suffered the injury in an off-ice workout and should miss the majority of the season.