Cam Ward’s future has been questioned by many fans this season, but now his fellow teammates are starting to question whether he has passed his prime or not.
Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy is with the Russian National Team as they prepare for the IIHF World Championships in May. They had a team press conference, and goalie Anton Khudobin said some interesting stuff.
Here is what Anton Khudobin had to say when he was asked about Cam Ward and his future:
“Of course he is a strong goaltender. He is a good goaltender. No one is counting him out. They [Carolina] will decide what to do with him this year, this summer. Maybe he, how can I say, has presented everything he could have.”
He was then asked if he means that he has presented everything he has with the Carolina Hurricanes or in the NHL as a whole. Here is what the Kazakhstan native said…
“Maybe at this club. Maybe in his career. He has been playing in the NHL since he was 19.”
From those quotes, it looks like Anton Khudobin doubts the future of long-time Carolina Hurricanes’ goalie Cam Ward. Could this be a move to get rid of Cam Ward, or is it just taken out of context?
Anton Khudobin will likely be the starting goalie of the Carolina Hurricanes to start the 2014-2015 season. We will see if this does anything to the relationship between Anton Khudobin and Cam Ward. Up to this point, it looked like their relationship has been very good. Both of them have said that they are more than just goalie partners, they are friends, and they respect each other. These recent comments from Anton Khudobin are a bit contrary to his previous comments.
While it may seem like Anton Khudobin is saying Cam Ward does not have much more to give, his comments may have just been taken the the wrong way. I think it is a very insignificant comment because he and Cam Ward have always gotten along, and I wouldn’t expect Anton Khudobin to publicly dis Cam Ward.
Anton Khudobin also answered some more questions in his interview. When he was asked to describe his first season with the Carolina Hurricanes, this is what he said:
“It was a rough season, because I started playing at first, and then I got injured. I missed three months, and then everything started going the way it was supposed to. The coach trusted me, first of all. Second of all I played the way I wanted to play this season. The coach told me right away before the season started ‘You’re going to be winning games, then you will be playing. And if you don’t win, someone else will play.’ And then January was good for me, that even when I was losing it was with a score of 1-0 or 2-1. That’s why he kept playing me.”