NASHVILLE TN - JANUARY 15: Joel Ward #29 of the Nashville Predators skates against Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks on January 15 2011 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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The Washington Capitals' front office is quite busy Friday afternoon. Shortly after trading away goaltender Semyon Varlamov for high draft picks, the Caps have engineered two more deals. Firstly, they've signed right-winger Joel Ward. SportsNet's Nick Kypreos tweets:
#NHL news. Joel Ward #Predators play-off star is now a member of the Washington #Capitals. 4 yrs totalling 12M.
Our Nashville Predators blog, On The Forecheck, offers some thoughts on Joel Ward as he moves elsewhere:
Joel Ward hit the biggest jackpot, heading to Washington for 4 years and $12 million. He should fit the defensive style of play that Bruce Boudreau introduced there last season, while still adding some offensive punch. It's a great opportunity for Wardo, a late bloomer who earned every bit of this payday.