With the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline frenzy beginning on Tuesday afternoon, the moves being made should have shed a little light on the future of the Carolina Hurricanes. However, that light showed a problem.
With the monster news of the Minnesota Wild picking up goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers, this may have made a situation where Cam Ward could be shipped off to his hometown. However, almost immediately afterwards, Edmonton took Viktor Fasth off of the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a couple of draft picks. This basically ended any possibility of Ward leaving town anytime soon.
Via his agent, Ward has vehemently denied wanting to be traded by Carolina — a claim the team has confirmed. However, there was no mention of the Hurricanes not looking to deal him.
Many are speculating that if any goalie leaves Carolina, it will be Anton Khudobin or Justin Peters. Ward carries with him a pretty hefty cap hit for whichever team picks him up as well as the caveat of having to waive an NTC. Khudobin and Peters have no such strings.
With the goaltender buyers more or less having left the sale, the only chance to deal Ward away would be some off-the-wall trade nobody saw coming. The wall one keeps running into is that nobody’s in the market for a goalie. But Ward needs to go somewhere and do it fast.
To deal Khudobin or Peters in place of Ward simply because of contract issues would be a shame. Khudobin has a more than bright future as the new de facto leader of the Hurricanes’ goaltending corps. Peters as well could develop into a clutch backup. Ward, on the other hand, is washed up and long overdue for being put out to pasture.
Once again, the Hurricanes have sat on their proverbial hands, hung on to Ward and may have just sunk the ship. The possibility of a left field type of trade is slim to none, but hope springs eternal.