Deadline Day, 1:15 p.m.
The Good Ship Blueshirt is going nose down in the Atlantic. The Rangers have sent defenseman Aaron Ward to Boston, no word on the return yet. Ward had a little spat with Captain Bligh (Jaromir Jagr) a few weeks back. Since no one in their right mind would relieve the Rangers of Jagr’s contract, off goes Ward. He’s a little pricey ($2.75 mil for next season) but he will fit in well with the Bruins. I guess Glen Sather pulled the trigger on that one from Edmonton where he is in town for the Mark Messier ceremonies tonight.
As to Matt’s questions asked on the comments, certainly the possibility exists that Jamie Heward and/or Bryan Muir could be on the move today. Defensemen are in demand at this time of year, and both players would be usable commodities for contenders looking to add backline depth. As to the other question, the defense will sort itself out after the events of today.