Per reports, the Calgary Flames made a play for Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward at the NHL Draft last week.
Darren Dreger of TSN reported on Monday that the deal would have sent the Carolina Hurricanes’ 1st round pick (7th overall) and Cam Ward to Calgary. He did not specify on what would have gone back to the Hurricanes, but it likely would have been very little.
Flames made a trade offer for Cam Ward in exchange for Carolina’s 7th pick. Obvious salary dump opportunity. Hurricanes declined.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 30, 2014
The deal proposed would have been a salary dump from the Carolina Hurricanes, which by itself doesn’t sound bad, but including the 7th overall pick in the Draft is a joke.
The Carolina Hurricanes drafted Haydn Fleury with that pick. He has the potential to be a cornerstone defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes for years to come.
This report speaks volumes to Cam Ward’s trade value. It is so low that the Canes would have needed to add in a top-10 pick in the NHL Draft just to get the trade to go through.
If the Carolina Hurricanes have to choose between taking a deal like this and keeping his large contract for the next two seasons, I think the obvious answer is to hold on to Cam Ward.