The uncertainty of the Carolina Hurricanes’ goaltending situation going into the off-season is very high. Both Justin Peters and Cam Ward may not be on the team come preseason, but the Carolina Hurricanes have a great option in free agency.
Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues has shown for years that he is capable of playing at a very high level in various roles. The 29-year-old went 18-6-2 in 31 games last season with the Blues. He had a .922 save percentage and a 1.96 goals against average.
If Brian Elliott was to be brought in to Carolina, it would only happen if Cam Ward was moved out. At this point, it is rather uncertain whether he will be moved or not, but it is certainly possible, if not likely, that Cam Ward will be traded.
The biggest obstacle facing the Carolina Hurricanes in this situation would be the money that Elliott wants. If he wants to be a starter, he could demand a good amount of money. The Carolina Hurricanes could still afford him though, considering the great deal they got for Anton Khudobin.
Brian Elliott had this to say about his future.
“Based on everything, I think you know what your worth is. It’s not about that, it’s about where you want to be. The opportunities that are available out there are available here. It’s about an opportunity for me to play and what’s best moving forward.”
When asked if he wants to be a #1 goalie, he had this to say:
“I have to prove that obviously. It’s about getting opportunities to be able to prove that. I think I’ve made a reputation throughout the league as a hard-working guy that can come in and win big games and do a lot for a team. It’s about trying to make that next step and try to be a No. 1. Like I always say, if you don’t prepare and go into a summer and an individual workout in that summer and say, ‘This is to be a backup,’ you’re not doing yourself justice. You always want to try and push yourself and get to the next level. Whether it’s attainable or not, you have to push it.”