Cam Ward has spent the last 13 seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes, winning the Conn Smythe the year the Hurricanes won their last Cup in 2005-06. Ward spent a little of last year on the disabled list but once he got healthy again he quickly took over the ranks from young goaltender Scott Darling. Ward for sure surged the Hurricanes to be near contenders last season. Posting 23-14-4 record with a 2.73 GAA and .906 SV percentage. There has not been an immediate reason as to why Ward does want to leave and hit free agency but it could be due to a different face in Carolina, the Hurricanes not being a successful team in recent years and some things coming to change in the locker room in Carolina. Plus Ward is 34 nearing the end of his career, for sure a paycheck, in a comfortable spot, where he doesn’t have to battle for a starting role is what he wants. Ward’s career numbers are 318-244-84 with a 2.70 GAA, .909 SV percentage and 27 shutouts.
Where can we see Ward land?
The New York Islanders are in the hunt for a starting goalie, Ward is a perfect fit, two-year deal and someone who can be a quick fix right now. Buffalo Sabres as Robin Lehner is leaving the team in a few weeks to test the market as well, Buffalo could bite at Ward. Vancouver is a possibility, with no real solid number one goaltender, the veteran skillset, and experience Ward has would be a perfect fit for the Canucks if the Canucks were to be in the market for a goalie. Same goes for Colorado, while Varlamov is a solid goaltender, I am sure Colorado would have liked to have a more experienced and trustworthy goal towards the end of the year when Varlamov was battling injuries. All in all, I’d be surprised if the Islanders don’t jump at Ward.
Edmonton moving #10 pick…
Edmonton wants to move #10 pick? Yeah me neither I don’t get it. They are looking to move Milan Lucic already, which while we are on that topic, he does have an NMC(no movement clause) he already said he’ll waive so will the Oilers and it all it really comes down to is how much of his salary the Oilers will eat. Anyways, the Oilers are ACTIVELY looking to shop the number ten overall pick in this year’s draft. What they may be looking for is probably either a top-four forward or top four defenseman. The Oilers need some offensive support to help Leon Drastali and Connor McDavid. But they also need someone to fill the void of the number four on the team, and really any top-four role in Edmonton. The Oilers have Oscar Klefbom, Andrej Sekera(out last year), Adam Larsson, Kris Russel and Darnell Nurse(RFA) but none of these defensemen have really stepped into a top-four role and solidified themselves. In the end, the Oilers are really looking to do something with this #10 pick, they obviously do not need whoever they are going to get they think so a team that is willing to part ways with a top-four player forward/defenseman, this will be a draft day deal. Probably chatter will be going on all day about this and a deal will get done when its the Oilers turn to pick.
Edmonton fans keep in mind the Oilers most recent trades though
Adam Larsson for Taylor Hall (Hall just won the Hart trophy btw…)
Ryan Strome for Jordan Eberle (Cap reasons, yes but still sheesh)
Al Montaya for a 4th round pick
David Desharnais for Brandon Davidson (Davidson later moved for a 3rd this year)
Justin Schultz for a 3rd round pick
Griffin Reinhart for a 1st and 2nd round pick
Need I say more, Oiler fans do not expect to come away a winner in this deal.