Friday, July 24, 2009

What kind of birthday present is this?

The Canes have traded Patrick Eaves and a 4th round pick to the Bruins for Aaron Ward.

Again, Rutherford has gotten someone who had been with the team previously. (See: Josef Vasicek, Matt Cullen, Paul Maurice). Honestly, I wish he would stop doing that. I do actually like to see new faces in a Canes jersey, not just re-hashes of '02 and '06.

Although, I'm not sure that this is an entirely bad idea. Eaves, although he seemed to have a lot of potential, just didn't click for whatever reason in Carolina. Ward is a defensive defenseman, and at times can be very effective. At other times he can be a slow moving lump that doesn't really do much. But, nevertheless, the Canes need a defensive defenseman, and Ward will certainly fill that part of the equation.

Also in Ward's favor, mainly from a nostalgic standpoint, don't forget that he was the first one to score a goal in Game 7 against the Oilers.

And, to make things even more interesting, remember the Scott Walker sucker punch in the Bruins series? I wonder how their first meeting will turn out. (My prediction? Probably uneventful, but enough of a story line for the TV crew to talk about it for a while).

The more I think about this trade the more I think I will have to wait and see how it plays out in the season. I'm not ecstatic about it - but at least we didn't give up more than Patrick Eaves and a draft pick.


Susan Mo said...

I do think the recycling of players and coaches is a little strange, but this was a good trade. I think Aaron is a strong defenseman. He know the system and can literally skate right back in place. Eaves, while I'm sure is a very nice guy, was just dead weight here. Overall, I think it will be a good move.

Happy Birthday!!

Ashley said...

I agree, it probably will be a good trade. At worst Ward will just take up space on the roster, which wouldn't be that bad considering that's what Eaves seemed to be doing here. Although I feel kind of bad for Eaves - the Bruins traded for him only to waive him. Looks like a salary dump move for them - which is good for the Canes because such trades rarely get a player like Ward.


jamestobrien said...

Happy Birthday!

Ashley said...