As we all know, rumors are circling of the Carolina Hurricanes attempting to trade long-time netminder Cam Ward. The most recent rumor is that the Minnesota Wild, who is dealing with injuries to both Nicklas Backstrom and Josh Harding contacted the Canes about Ward.
That rumor also stated the Wild were interested in Martin Brodeur and Jaroslav Halak, so if the Hurricanes are serious about trading Ward by the trade deadline, the time is now.
There won’t be that many teams looking to add a goalie, especially after the St. Louis Blues acquired Ryan Miller. Besides the Blues, the Chicago Blackhawks may be interested in an improvement in net, and that may be it.
However, there are plenty of teams that could open to trading a netminder, such as the New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers New York Islanders and obviously, the Canes.
Shocking news hit last night from CBC Sports that Martin Brodeur has waived his No Trade Clause, which means other teams know the future Hall of Famer is up for grabs.
I’m not for trading Ward during the season, even if the Hurricanes playoff hopes have nearly vanished, but if GM Jim Rutherford is, he can’t sit around. Once the Wild acquire a goalie – if they do – the market and price for Ward drops hard.
The Canes have a game tonight against the Anaheim Ducks that could feature Ward in net, but if Rutherford is trading the 30-year-old waiting until tomorrow to make a deal may not be the right decision.