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Ducks acquire Ward for Pogge, pick

by Adam Kimelman
The Anaheim Ducks have added a veteran presence to their blue line, acquiring defenseman Aaron Ward from the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ward, 37, is a three-time Stanley Cup winner who can provide a strong physical element. In 60 games, he has 138 hits and led the Hurricanes with 122 blocked shots. Those numbers would put him at the top of the list among Ducks defensemen. He also has 1 goal, 11 points and 54 penalty minutes.

In 822 NHL games over 15 seasons with the Red Wings, Hurricanes, Rangers and Bruins, he has 149 points and 728 penalty minutes.

It was a move Ward wasn't expecting, as the Ducks sit 11th in the Western Conference, three points out of a playoff spot, but he told TSN it's one he's looking forward to.

"Just watching them over the last two weeks before the Olympic break, I'd love to go into that situation," he said. "Just go in, be quiet, not rock the boat and be part of their success."

In return for Ward, the Hurricanes receive goalie Justin Pogge and a conditional fourth-round pick.

Pogge, 23, has split the season between the AHL San Antonio Rampage and ECHL Bakersfield Condors. He played seven games for the Maple Leafs last season, going 1-4-1 with a 4.36 goals-against average.

The Hurricanes will have the option of using the draft pick -- which originally belonged to the Boston Bruins -- either this season or in 2011.

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