Hurricanes' Ward Out 6-8 Weeks: Cam Ward will miss 6-8 weeks due to a third degree MCL sprain, TSN.ca reports. The Hurricanes' regular season schedule runs through April 27. (Updated 3/4/13)
No information available at this time (Updated 5/23/13).
On the plus side, the injury will not require surgery, but this is a big blow to the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes, who have started Cam Ward 16 times (to Dan Ellis' five turns) to date. Unless the team makes a move, look for Ellis and likely recall Justin Peters to handle the team's netminding chores for the foreseeable future. (Updated 3/4/13).
03/02/2013 22:02 Jokinen's two goals, assist lead Canes to easy win
Jussi Jokinen scored twice and added an assist, and Riley Nash netted his first goal as part of a three-point night in the Carolina Hurricanes' 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
Finishing off 2011-2012 with a 30-23-13 record with 2.74 goals against average, Cam Ward was, last year, more or less who he has been since taking over the Hurricanes' starting job in 2006. Ward's record last year was indicative of some spotty play by the veteran but also a reflection of the team in front of him, as evidenced by his 13 overtime and shootout losses. However, with Carolina bolstering their offensive attack in the offseason, Ward could benefit statistically from the puck spending less time in his zone in 2012-2013. Ward is all but guaranteed to start 65-plus games and can singlehandedly carry Carolina to wins if he's on a hot streak. The Hurricanes played strong hockey in the season's second half after adjust to new coach Kirk Muller. A full season of the type of hockey they played late last year could see Ward a relative value in most drafts. He's well worth a spot on your roster after the elite netminders have been snagged, just don't expect him to carry you in wins. (Updated 8/14/12)