The Carolina Hurricanes traded a pair of veteran players and stockpiled draft picks in separate deals before the NHL deadline. The Hurricanes sent defenseman Aaron Ward to the Anaheim Ducks for a minor league goalie and a draft choice, then traded forward Scott Walker to the Washington Capitals for another pick.
Both players can become unrestricted free agents after the season.
Ward, 37, had one goal, 10 assists and 54 penalty minutes in his second stint with Carolina. The Hurricanes reacquired him from the Boston Bruins during the summer. Ward was with Carolina during the run to the 2006 Stanley Cup title.
The Hurricanes received 23-year-old goalie Justin Pogge, who has spent this season with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio, and a conditional fourth-round pick in either 2010 or 2011.
Carolina received a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft for Walker, a physical, 36-year-old winger who had three goals, two assists and 23 penalty minutes in 33 games this season. His lasting memory with the Hurricanes undoubtedly will be his overtime goal in Game 7 against Boston last season that sent them to the Eastern Conference finals.
The Capitals also acquired former Hurricanes player Eric Belanger, a center they picked up from Minnesota for a second-round pick in the 2010 draft. Belanger, who had 13 goals and 22 assists in 60 games with the Wild, was traded by the Hurricanes to Nashville in February 2007.