Cam Ward finally appears to be healthy enough to get in some game action as the Carolina Hurricanes sent the netminder to the Charlotte Checkers for a conditioning stint.
Ward will be eligible to stay with the team for 14 days and while I’m not sure how long the team expects him to stay there, I know the inevitable goalie battle that will come to Carolina in early February needs to be figured out as soon as possible.
When Ward does return, Khudobin and the veteran Hurricanes’ starter will likely battle it out for the starting spot. While Ward has been the starter for years now, the Kazakhstan goalie has been playing too well to just count out of the picture.
Which means both goalies will have a chance at the starting spot, which is always a good problem for the team when you have two possible starters, but the Hurricanes need to figure out who will be the starter right away.
With more than two months until playoffs and 53 games under their belt, the Canes can’t afford to take time to figure out who will be the go-to in net. A starter will have to arise when Ward gets back.
If this was the start of the season, this battle wouldn’t need to be made so soon, but with 29 games remaining and a playoff spot on the line, time is not an option.
It will be up to Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin on who will be the starter. One of them will have to make the answer clear in the coming weeks.