Fixing the Carolina Hurricanes’ goalie problem has been an issue all season and one that is much discussed. It seems that most people have got to the point that they believe Justin Peters should be traded – and for good reason. Anton Khudobin has been stellar in net, while Cam Ward will always be a reliable starter.
But what if the Canes just hold onto Peters? With how things are going Khudobin may be the goalie of the future for the Hurricanes, while Ward could be a valuable trade chip. The backup spot to Khudobin would then go to Peters.
With injury after injury hitting the Hurricanes this season, would it be a bad thing to have a goalie that the team relied on earlier in the season sitting in the press box should the team get to the playoffs? Obviously not and Peters would be a better option than Mike Murphy.
Another reason to keep Peters is that his trad value has taken a serious hit over the past month. At one point he was viewed as a possible starter for a bottom-feeder, now he’s just a backup that hasn’t played since Jan. 19. It’s possible the Canada native is more valuable to the team than he is in a trade.
And there are reasons to trade Peters. The team may be able to use him in a package deal and having three netminders on the ice at practice is not the formula for success, while Peters won’t improve with no game action.
But it is something to consider with the Hurricanes future in net is up in the air.