Carolina has traded Patrick Eaves and a fourth round pick in 2010 to Boston for defenseman Aaron Ward.

The Hurricanes get: A reliable, but somewhat fragile defenseman.


The Bruins get: A third-line winger with second-line upside, but all he has done is tease. They also shed $1.1 million in salary while gaining an extra draft pick. The money was the key to this deal as the Bruins promptly placed Eaves on waivers. If they can lose his $1.4 million in salary, then that frees up $2.5 million in all.


Fantasy Impact: Lots under the radar here. First, let's look at Boston.

As I have mentioned before, the B's will find a way to get themselves some breathing room cap-wise. Rask was going to be the backup regardless of his bonus-laden contract that brings a huge cap hit. Boston also freed up some more room to sign Phil Kessel, but I think that's just for the sake of appearances so that other GM's don't drive the price down. With the appearance that they don't have to trade Kessel, it will bring a better return. If not Kessel, then Marco Sturm - but a move will happen. As things stand now, Patrick Eaves can be squeezed in on the fourth line, which doesn't work. I think he shouldn't start looking for a house in Boston just yet. He'll find a home elsewhere. The big thing here is the fact that they lose Ward. In my fantasy guide, the Bruins had six NHL defensemen and now I have to include Johnny Boychuk as a surefire NHLer because there is little option. If necessary, they have Drew Fata as a No.7...but look for a move bringing in defenseman.


In Carolina, a spot just opened up for Drayson Bowman on the wing. Not a guaranteed spot, but there are 12 spots spoken for and he and Zach Boychuk can now battle it out for the 13th. Is this a statement of confidence in one of their kids? Up front maybe, but not on the point - suddenly, a door shuts and there is only one more spot open for Jamie McBain. You may see him in the AHL this year.


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Claude Giroux said:

First Round Pick
... Won't that 2nd PP unit be a combo of Ference with Hunwick? That seemed to work fairly well last year.
July 25, 2009
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bluejays said:

... Thanks Dobber,
So, can we expect Boychuk to run the 2nd PP unit with Hunwick? What kind of points are they likely to produce and who is the better pts only keeper?
July 25, 2009
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derek said:

... What is up with Babchuk? Is he gonna resign or is he going to get dealt?
July 24, 2009
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Rube said:

... Boychuk is the answer IMO. He's got a rocket shot and is solid defensively.
Plus he had a breakout pro career earning the Eddie Shore award in AHL.

Good luck Johnny B.
July 24, 2009
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