Hurricanes deal Aaron Ward to Ducks
Goalie Pogge, 4th-round draft pick heading to Carolina
The Anaheim Ducks added size before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline, picking up six-foot-two, 210-pound defenceman Aaron Ward from Carolina.
A conditional fourth-round pick in either 2010 or 2011 and minor-league goaltender Justin Pogge, a former Toronto Maple Leaf, is headed to the Hurricanes.
"They're knocking on the door [of the playoffs three points behind eighth-place Detroit] and he may be their fifth or sixth defenceman," said Hockey Night in Canada's Glenn Healy of Ward.
Added HNIC's P.J. Stock: They gotta get things done right now because their core nucleus — Koivu, Selanne, Niedermayer — they're all long in the tooth right now."
Ward, 37, has scored one goal and 11 points in 60 games this season — his second stint with Carolina — with a minus-17 rating for the Hurricanes.
"Aaron Ward brings valuable experience and is a proven winner with three Stanley Cup championships," said Ducks general manager Bob Murray in a release. "We are pleased to bring him on board."
Having not faced many teams in the Western Conference this season, Ward said learning the systems in Anaheim and those of the other teams in the conference will be a priority.
Carolina reacquired Ward from the Boston Bruins during the summer. Ward was with Carolina during the run to the 2006 Stanley Cup title.
Pogge has yet to appear in a game for the Ducks since arriving from the Maple Leafs on Aug. 10, 2009, having spent the season with San Antonio of the American Hockey League.
He has a 12-7-3 record with a .920 save percentage.