DETROIT, Michigan -- Restricted free-agent defenseman Aaron Ward was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for a second-round draft pick on Monday.
Ward, who fell out of favor with Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman, had requested a trade after being a healthy scratch for all six of Detroit's playoff games. "It's a good situation for me," said Ward. "It gives me an opportunity to come in and prove myself."
Carolina had shown interest in Ward previously, and will now use him to replace defensemen Dave Karpa and Kevin Hatcher, who the team lost through free agency.