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Beyond the Blueline: Aaron Ward's Blog

Tuesday, 10.7.2008 / 4:31 PM ET / Features
By Aaron Ward  - Defenseman
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This season, veteran defenseman Aaron Ward has agreed to send along his thoughts on a pretty regular basis. He'll talk about whatever happens to be on his mind, so be sure to check this space for the latest from the Bruins blueliner. Earlier today, before the release about the roster moves, Aaron checked in to talk about how roster changes effect a team.
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Aaron Ward
Hello!

Today is the day that the Bruins have to get down to 23 players. I think the hardest part about today is that you have to remind yourself on the way to the rink that it’s all about business.

The game is essentially a business. There’s a part of it that’s played on the ice, but behind the scenes, you have to really separate yourself from the emotional attachment to your teammates, the relationships you have, ‘cause it’s ever-changing.

As a player, you know you have to get used to the idea of it, that some of the faces are inevitably going to change. You understand going into this that none of this is your decision.

At this stage of the evolution of hockey, you need to an economics degree to run a team – not only an economics degree, but you also need a human resources degree. You need to know the chemistry of the players and how it’s going to fit into your cap system and how it adheres to all the intricacies of the CBA now.

You can’t just be an ex-hockey player who hops in and thinks he knows everything about the game. Now there’s so much more, it’s all encompassing now, to be in the position of general manager and assistant general manager.

If you asked me to describe the atmosphere in the locker room that last couple days, I’d say that there’s kinda been a lot of uncertainty. I mean, there were players who felt like they’re on the bubble and players who aren’t on the bubble who are concerned about just the friendships and relationships with teammates.

At the end of the day, you’re always preparing for the worst, but you’re excited that we’re that much closer to forming our team, knowing who the faces are, and starting to become a close group.

Looking ahead, I’ve got few plans this evening before going on the road: spend a little more quality time with the family…pack. I think just do as little as possible.

I think I’m just preparing myself for the fact that the season is upon us. As much as it’s the same game of hockey, to go from pre-season to regular season, you really have to turn that key in your mind.

You know that you really have to be a well-focused athlete and someone who has to push some of the distractions aside.

Right now I am going to push this keyboard aside.

Talk to you soon!

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