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Cam Ward (lower body) out at least two games

Jan 2, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

RALEIGH, NC - DECEMBER 20: Cam Ward #30 of the Carolina Hurricanes against the Washington Capitals during their game at PNC Arena on December 20, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Capitals won 4-2. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Getty Images

The question of what the Carolina Hurricanes will do once they have three healthy goaltenders has been put on hold. Although Anton Khudobin has returned from an ankle injury and is expected to start tonight against Washington, Cam Ward is back on the sidelines.

Ward missed nearly a month due a lower-body injury earlier this season and will be unavailable for at least two games due to another ailment, according to the News & Observer. Ward has been plagued by injuries over the last two campaigns and has struggled when he has been healthy this season.

When the Hurricanes get Ward back the team will be faced with a logjam between the pipes. Justin Peters‘ solid play has led to speculation that he or Anton Khudobin might be traded. Neither netminder can return to the AHL without first being placed on waivers and Carolina isn’t likely to risk that.

Then again, given how many injuries Carolina’s goaltenders have dealt with over the last couple of years, maybe they need three viable starters on their roster.

  1. lowenni - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Everyone’s talking about trading Khudobin or Peters…if I’m Rutherford, I would trade Ward while he still has a lot of value because of his past seasons. Right now injuries are derailing him but he’s still an established starter and Conn Smythe winner, and they could get a real nice return for him. Peters looks ready and they probably don’t need Ward’s playoff experience because chances are they won’t make the playoffs. Khudobin can be a solid backup to Peters or take over if he struggles.

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