The Canes, in their first transaction on NHL trade deadline day, have agreed on a deal that will send defenseman Aaron Ward to the Anaheim Ducks for goaltender Justin Pogge and a fourth-round draft pick.
"It is tough, no matter the stage of the career you're at," Ward said today. "When you're a young guy you're always nervous about going to a new team. When you're an older guy there's still that level of anxiety going to a new team but there's also a consideration when you have a family.
"I've got three kids. One's in school right now and I need to go grab him before someone tells him his dad is going cross-country. At the same time you have to feel fortunate you have job."
Ward is due to be an unrestricted free agent after the season. He was a healthy scratch Tuesday in the game in Toronto.
The conditional fourth-round pick originally belonged to the
Boston Bruins. The Canes will receive the pick in either 2010