Aaron Ward an Interesting Option for Chicago Blackhawks

Michael WagnerSenior Analyst IDecember 14, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 25:  Aaron Ward #4 of the Carolina Hurricanes warms up before the game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on November 25, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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It has been reported by TSN's Bob McKenzie that the Carolina Hurricanes have placed veteran defenseman Aaron Ward on waivers. 

McKenzie also notes that it is unlikely that Ward will be picked up on waivers, considering he does have a cap hit of $2.5 million, and stands a better chance of getting picked up on re-entry waivers at half the cost.

One team who could have interest in the veteran defenseman is the Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks already have a fairly solid defense that includes Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Brian Campbell, Niklas Hjalmarrson, Brent Sopel and Cam Barker.

With a lineup like that you might ask way the 'Hawks would need a player like Aaron Ward when their blue line is already fairly crowded.

The answer is that beyond these three pairs, the 'Hawks have zero depth on defense.

Currently the 'Hawks have Jordan Hendry penciled in as their seventh defenseman. But with his lack of NHL experience, it concerns many that if the 'Hawks were to lose a top-six defenseman their blue line might take a step back.

This is where Ward comes in.

Ward is a three time Stanley Cup winner and has been good defensively throughout his career. He recorded a career-high plus-16 last season with the Boston Bruins.

Although Ward has had a solid career and has three Stanley Cup championships, he has struggled this season on a bad Hurricane team, posting a minus-15 rating and just six points. 

But if the 'Hawks were to bring Ward in at $1.25 million as a seventh defenseman, it could be a worthwhile investment. They have enough money under the cap to add him.

Although Ward might be having a down season, he could bring a good veteran presence to the locker room and a good insurance policy to the Chicago Blackhawks' blue line.