Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Hurricanes get goalie help
By Scott Burnside
Oft-traded defenseman Aaron Ward is on the move again, getting traded from the Carolina Hurricanes to the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday for a conditional fourth-round pick and goaltender Justin Pogge.
Ward, 37, will provide defensive depth for the Ducks, and Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told ESPN.com that his team needed healthy goaltending, with Cam Ward out of action because of an upper-body injury.
The Hurricanes have only two healthy goaltenders, and they like Pogge for the depth he provides both in the short-term and moving forward, Rutherford said.
The fourth-round pick previously belonged to Boston and could be a 2010 or 2011 pick.
Ward has played with the Red Wings, Bruins, Rangers and had three stints with the Hurricanes.
In other moves, the Hurricanes acquired center Cedric LaLonde-McNicoll and a sixth-round pick in this year's draft from the Colorado Avalanche, and sent center Stephane Yelle and forward Harrison Reed.
LaLonde-McNicoll, 21, was signed by the Avs as an undrafted free agent in March 2009, and spent most of his first full professional season at AHL Lake Erie.
They also dealt defenseman Andrew Alberts to Vancouver for the Canucks' third-round draft pick this year. Alberts, 28, is the fourth-leading defender in the league in hits (178).
Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com.