Bruins and Hurricanes Pull Off a Deal: Ward to Carolina, Eaves to Boston

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IJuly 24, 2009

BUFFALO - OCTOBER 21:  Aaron Ward #44 of the Boston Bruins skates during the game against the Buffalo Sabres on October 21, 2008 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes have announced a trade. Aaron Ward is heading to the 'Canes, while Patrick Eaves and a 2010 fourth round draft pick is heading to the Black and Gold.

The Bruins have been able to clear $2.5 million in salary cap space with the deal, but they lose the great veteran defensive force in Ward. Ward joined the Bruins during the 2006-2007 season when the Bruins dealt Paul Mara to the New York Rangers and got Ward in return. Ward played in 65 games in both 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

Ward scored nine goals and got 17 assists for a total of 26 points in his 2 and a half seasons combined in Boston. Ward returns to the team he won a Stanley Cup with in the 2005-2006 season.

Eaves a Calgary native, but is Canadian-American, holding citizenship in both countries. Eaves also attended Boston College. The right-winger was placed on waivers after the trade was completed for the purpose of buying out his contract.

In the 25-year-old's career, he has 45 goals and 45 assitsts for a grand total of 90 career points in four seasons split between the Ottawa Senators and the Hurricanes. He also has 99 career penalty minutes. Eaves also won a gold medal for Team USA playing in the 2004 World Junior hockey championships.