Feb 27, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) watches his team take on the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Trade Rumors: Carolina Hurricanes to Hold on to Cam Ward

Per reports, the Carolina Hurricanes are planning on entering the 2014-2015 NHL regular season with Anton Khudobin and Cam Ward as their goalies.

Ron Francis told local media after the draft that the Carolina Hurricanes are going to let Justin Peters go to free agency, which further solidifies that Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin will be their goalies next season.

Up to this point, it was believed that the Carolina Hurricanes would try everything they could in order to move Cam Ward out of Raleigh, North Carolina, but according to Francis, that won’t be the case.

This likely means that Ron Francis tried to unload Cam Ward, but no teams were willing to take in the 30-year-old goalie who is getting paid well over $6 million for the next two seasons.

This isn’t the news that most Carolina Hurricanes fans expected to hear, but it shouldn’t be taken as bad news. Yes, Cam Ward has had two consecutive injury plagued seasons, but it isn’t the end of the road for the former Conn Smythe winner.

Cam Ward could bounce back and play well next season, giving the Carolina Hurricanes two very good options in net every night. That was the original plan last summer when the Canes brought in Anton Khudobin. This may not seem likely, but is more likely than many people might think.

There is still time to trade Cam Ward, but as of right now, it appears that the Carolina Hurricanes are willing to take a chance on him, even if it means that they would have to pay the goalie a healthy sum of money next season.



Tags: Anton Khudobin Cam Ward Carolina Hurricanes

  • Ron Faler

    I hate to be the “bleak and negative” canes fan but this is a gigantic mess that the hurricanes are in. That 6 mil could get an excellent third line center or a replacement first line winger instead of Tlusty. Ugh…I’m having some major doubts about this next season

    • http://cardiaccane.com Brett Finger

      I can definitely understand that. Things don’t look that great for next season. Hopefully the Canes can find ways to shed cap and get better players on the NHL team.

  • kappasoccer96

    I completely agree that the Canes are in a complete mess for the next season. Moving Cam Ward or E. Staal would create cap room to bring in solid players with new “spark.” I still think E. Staal may be moved once Free Agency officially begins…

  • John Neal

    Honestly a Healthy Cam Ward and a dominate Anton Khudobin can win one more game each month to make the post-season.

  • thestormchaser

    Coupled with the lower than expected cap could mean RF will have real trouble putting a complete team (w/4 NHL lines) on the ice. I hate the idea of starting the another season hoping that half the team has a career best season. That puts a lot of pressure on the new coach. I hope RF can pull off a headliner trade and bring in some new blood. Letting Peters go is a good call though.