The Edmonton Oilers made some goalie trades today. They traded goalie Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators for Matt Hendricks, and they acquired Ben Scrivens from the Los Angeles Kings for a third round draft pick, but they may not be done.
There have been multiple reports today that the Carolina Hurricanes have started shopping goaltender Cam Ward around. The first report came from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal earlier today.
– Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty)
Reports kept coming through out the day, and Darren Dreger also reported that a trade involving Cam Ward is certainly possible.
“Cam Ward trade is possible, but Carolina requires great return to consider in-season. He should return to action next week.”
– Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger)
These reports are in contrast to reports from December, but I think it is a good idea to start considering a Cam Ward trade. Anton Khudobin and Justin Peters have both been playing very well, meanwhile, Cam Ward has not been playing well when healthy.
Darren Dreger said that it would take a “great return” for the Carolina Hurricanes to bite on a trade. A team would likely have to overpay to acquire Cam Ward, at this point. This could change if Cam Ward continues to struggle when he returns.
Earlier in the year, I thought a player like Sam Gagner would be a reasonable return for Cam Ward, but the Carolina Hurricanes would likely want more at this point in time. It is also apparent that the Edmonton Oilers are still the team most interested in Cam Ward.
Darren Dreger also said that Cam Ward will return sometime next week, so when he does return, the Cam Ward trade rumors will likely become more popular.