With the 2014-2015 NHL season off in the horizon, the question many are people are asking is, who will take on the position as starting goal tender for the upcoming season.
With a plague of injuries that the Carolina Hurricanes Hurricanes sustained, including that of the veteran goal tender Cam Ward, the team heavily relied on Anton Khudobin (19-14-1) and Justin Peters (7-9-4). With a serious lack of scoring all throughout the year, the net minders had much more pressure on them. Despite this, Anton Khudobin entered the season with a bang. Winning six of seven games, only losing the one game due to being pulled because of a mid game injury, and attaining seventeen consecutive appearances, which is a franchise record, he has proven to be a worthy candidate as a permanent starting player. Justin Peters initially did not play as well as Canes fans had hoped, but he handled the pressure well and had many solid performances for the remaining games.
Cam Ward missed a large portion of the season due to the repetition of injuries. Though he is known for the 2006 playoff run and a respected career, he is also known for being a repeated member of Carolina Hurricanes’ Injury Reserve list. His main problem is trying to stay healthy. I would be lying if I said he had even a half decent season. It is unclear about Wards situation for next year. As Canes fans, we all hope that he bounces back from this sub par performance to prove that last season was just a blemish in an outstanding career with the Carolina Hurricanes, instead of continuing the way it has.
Khudobin’s two-year, $4.5 million contract extension means that he is expected to be a big part of the Carolina Hurricanes next season. I am looking forward to seeing what new head coach Bill Peters and his also new assisting staff has planned.