As the Carolina Hurricanes work to solve the three-headed goalie problem in net, GM Jim Rutherford has already made up his mind on one goalie he will not move according to Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts at CBC Sports.
Here’s the quote:
Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford threw cold water on rumblings that Cam Ward might be the goalie he moves. Rutherford wouldn’t comment further, but it is believed he will work to move either Anton Khudobin or Justin Peters by this week’s trade freeze.
-Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts. Dec. 17, 2013.
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I’ve heard many Hurricanes fans call for a trade of Ward, but there is simply no answer to replace him in net. Justin Peters has looked strong, but last season he couldn’t handle a starting role. Anton Khudobin is skilled, but doesn’t have any experience as a starter in the NHL.
And I understand why some would want Ward traded – he makes $6.3 million against the cap and can be inconsistent in net. I’m not saying the Canes should never consider trading the 30-year-old, but in the middle of the season when the team has a shot at the playoffs is not the right time.
The holiday trade freeze starts Dec. 19 and lasts until Dec. 26. If Rutherford wants to trade one of his goalies, he has today and tomorrow or he’ll be stuck with all three until at least after Christmas.