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Ward started the Hurricanes' first preseason game Sunday, allowing three goals on 13 shots in a 4-3 loss to Columbus. He played roughly half the game, giving way to junior prospect Alex Nedeljkovic in the second period.

The good news is, all three goals came on quality shots by the Jackets, and Ward earned a positive review from his coach, Bill Peters. "I thought �Wardo' was good," Peters said. "On the goals we gave up, there's nothing the goalies can do. We've got to be better defensively than that." Overall, this was probably not the preseason start Ward was looking for, but it doesn't sound like it has hurt his chances at starting the season as the Canes' No. 1 goalie. In the meantime, however, Anton Khudobin will get a look in the Canes' second preseason scrimmage Tuesday against the Sabres.

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Ward says he worked on his physical conditioning this summer and changed his diet, with an eye towards earning back the No. 1 goaltening job for the Hurricanes this season, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports. "Every summer you learn new things," Ward said. "For me, I became addicted to watching what I eat and looking for ways to improve my weight training. I focused a little more on strength and growing the muscles and I feel a lot stronger physically."

Ward suffered an assortment of injuries last season and wound up posting a disappointing 10-12-6 record along with a dismal 3.06 GAA and .898 save percentage. In his place, Anton Khudobin wound up posting excellent numbers (19-14-1, 2.36, .926) and eventually surpassed Ward as the team's everyday starter. The good news is, despite offseason trade and buyout rumors, Ward looks to open the upcoming season in at least a time-share with Khudobin for the starter's gig. However, if he falters, don't be surprised if Ward is once again relegated to the backup role at some point as the season progresses.

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Cam Ward has a full no-trade clause, but TSN's Bob McKenzie says it's believed that he would waive it under the right circumstances.

Ward's name came up in trade rumors over the course of the season, but injuries and poor play may have scared away possible suitors. He still appears to be available, as the Hurricanes look set to hand their crease over to Anton Khudobin.

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Cam Ward had a terrible 2013-14 campaign.

Ward was plagued by injuries and ended up with a 3.06 GAA and .898 save percentage in 30 games. "I struggled to get comfortable all season long," Ward said. "Obviously I got the injury, and coming back from that I felt like I was playing catchup. I wasn't able to get consecutive games to try and get my game going. Anton had a great season. I was never able to get into a rhythm." At this point, it wouldn't be surprising if Carolina's preference is to go into 2014-15 with Anton Khudobin as the team's starter. They might trade Ward if there's a team out there that will take his $6.3 million cap hit through 2015-16.

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Cam Ward denied 28 of 29 shots directed his way on Friday night to lift the Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory over the Red Wings.

Ward notches his first victory in three appearances and his fifth in the past 14. Ward is 10-12-6 in what has been a rough season where he owns a .898 save percentage and 3.06 goals against average.

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Cam Ward had a busy night on Tuesday, but was ultimately beaten four times on 36 shots as the Canes suffered a 4-1 loss to New York.

Ward's effort was probably not good enough to steal back the starters' job for the final stretch of the season. The veteran netminder has struggled this year with just a 9-12-6 record in an injury-shortened campaign.

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Cam Ward will play between the pipes on Tuesday.

It will be his first game since March 31. He has a 3.11 GAA and .896 save percentage in 28 contests this season.

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Cam Ward turned aside 28 of 29 shots in Carolina's 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa Monday night.

Ward has been disappointing this season with a 3.11 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. His record now stands in 9-11-6 and the Hurricanes expected much better from him.

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Cam Ward allowed three goals on the first nine shots he faced Tuesday night, ultimately leading to him getting pulled just over six minutes into the game.

Ward was not credited with a loss, as the Canes caught up to the Isles and eventually lost 5-4, which means his backup Anton Khudobin took the loss. Ward remains at 9-11-5 this season.

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The Carolina Hurricanes will go with Cam Ward on Tuesday.

Ward has won three of his last four games. That's not nearly enough to make up for his disappointing campaign though. He still has a 3.09 GAA and .896 save percentage in 26 contests in 2013-14.