November 1, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters (35) looks down during the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Center.The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

What Should The Hurricanes Do With Justin Peters?

Justin Peters has been playing spectacular hockey over the past six games, keeping the Carolina Hurricanes in games and even winning them.

He’s finally won over the Hurricanes fans after some struggles earlier in his career, but there’s a problem arising for the 27-year-old: Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin are coming back from injury.

Despite playing as well as he have, I don’t think the Hurricanes are going to keep Peters on the roster. The Canes aren’t going to move Khudobin, who also played well before his injury.

Also, Peters showed last season that he struggles in a backup role and is much more consistent when he gets into the games, as has been the case over the past six to seven games.

The Hurricanes can obviously send Peters to the Charlotte Checkers again, but I have a proposal that works for both the team and the player: trade Justin Peters.

He’s paid his dues in the AHL and has looked great over the past week and a half. A team like the Calgary Flames or New York Islanders may be interested in Peters.

The Hurricanes probably wouldn’t get a lot in return for Peters, but that isn’t the point. GM Jim Rutherford should give the goalie a chance somewhere else.

Peters isn’t going to have an effect on the Canes once Ward and Khudobin return, so try to move the player to help his career. It’s something Rutherford has done recently with Jussi Jokinen.

I understand that it may not be smart to move an asset like Peters – and that’s what he’s become – but you can’t imagine that he’ll be happy returning to the Checkers after winning four games, including a shutout, with the Hurricanes.

Trading Peters may not be the smartest move for the Hurricanes, having that insurance is always important, but sometimes you have to do what’s right for the player.

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