It is the type of injury that every team fears. Their star goalie hurt and out for an extended period of time. That is exactly what the Carolina Hurricanes are dealing with when they learnt that superstar netminder, Cam Ward will miss the next 6-8 weeks due to a third degree MCL injury according to TSN.ca.
Ward suffered the injury during Sunday’s victory over the Florida Panthers when Jack Skille and Justin Faulk collided with the netminder as seen in the picture. Luckily, Ward will not require surgery to repair the MCL.
The Saskatoon, SK native is a major reason why the Hurricanes are in first place in the Southeast division and will now be forced to cope without his services. On the season Ward is 9-6-1 with a 2.84 GAA and a .908 save percentage.
The Canes will rely on backup Dan Ellis to carry the majority of the workload and it’s believed that Justin Peters will be recalled from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL in the wake of Ward’s absence.
Should Ellis and Peters struggle, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Hurricanes trade for a veteran netminder to help them limp into the playoffs. Ward likely won’t be ready until mid to late April which would roughly be the same time the playoffs start.
The 32-year old Ellis has never played in more than 44 games during a NHL season and has served primarily as a backup over the past three seasons.