Mar 13, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) makes a 1st period save in front of teammate forward Elias Lindholm (16) and Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno (82) at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Friday Carolina Hurricanes Report

Mar 2, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) blocks a shot against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period at Honda Center. The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes News

  • The Hurricanes defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 4-2, last night. Read the recap here.
  • Who should the team re-sign in this year’s crop of free agents? (Cardiac Cane)
  • The 13th Hurricane Report podcast is here (Hurricanes Website)
  • Corey Sznajder breaks down the Canes’ powerplay zone entries (Shutdown Line)
  • Prashanth Iyer explains how there will be a goaltending controversy this summer (The Hockey Writers)

My Opinion

I don’t believe there will be much of a controversy unless Cam Ward plays amazing over the last month of the season and while he has the last two wins, I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Anton Khudobin will be the No.1 goalie next year, Ward will probably be dealt in a trade, most likely at the draft and for Justin Peters, that’s a little bit of a question mark.

Ward simply makes too much, isn’t as consistent as Khudobin and seems to be on a decline. Trading him and ridding the team of the $6 million-plus salary seems to be the best option for GM Jim Rutherford.

As for Peters, he really hasn’t been a dependable backup in the past, but the team doesn’t seem to mind going back to him for whatever reason. Because of that, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in Raleigh next season.

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