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.