Cam Ward
G CHI
5 days ago

Ward will tend twine in Tuesday's preseason game against the Blue Jackets, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Colin Delia was expected to be the Blackhawks' starter, and it's unclear why the switch took place. The team will want to get a good look at Ward, who they signed to a one-year, $3 million deal in July. He may see substantial playing time if Corey Crawford (upper body) isn't prepared for the start of the season.

Cam Ward
G CHI
3 months ago

Ward signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Assuming that Cory Crawford is truly healthy and ready to go from the start of training camp as expected, Ward will be the clear-cut No. 2 goalie in Chicago. It will be strange to see the 34-year-old in a different sweater next season, as Ward will bid adieu to the Hurricanes after 13 years and 668 career games in which he's posted a 318-244-84 record, 2.70 GAA and .909 save percentage.

Cam Ward
G CHI
3 months ago

Ward, a pending unrestricted free agent, will likely end up in Chicago, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ward is the longest-tenured Hurricane having been with the club for 13 years. Perhaps best known for winning the Stanley Cup as a rookie, he's signed four contracts with the Raleigh-based franchise over that span, but all signs point to the veteran joining the Blackhawks. While the big bosses in Chicago insist that No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford will be ready for training camp after battling post-concussion syndrome, the 'Hawks rode a goalie carousel for the majority of the 2017-18 campaign and they're in dire need of a stabilizing presence like Ward. With that said, Ward is 34 years old with his best days clearly behind him, so expect a short-term deal if he does end up signing with the Original Six club.

Cam Ward
G CHI
6 months ago

Ward stopped 32 of 34 shots Saturday, earning a 3-2 win in overtime over the Lightning.

EDGE Analysis

For all the talk of Scott Darling being the starter, Ward actually outplayed Darling, ended up starting two more games than Darling and posted a better GAA (2.73 to 3.18) and save percentage (.906 to .888) than his teammate. But Carolina's goaltending picture is anything but straightforward because Darling is under contract for three more years and Ward is a free agent. At 34, Ward might choose to test the market and see if another team will give him the chance to be the top dog again. Where he lands will have a great effect on his 2018-19 value.

Cam Ward
G CHI
6 months ago

Ward is slated to start Saturday night at home versus the Lightning.

EDGE Analysis

According to Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site, Canes brass presented Ward with a golden stick to commemorate his 300th career win, which he earned via the shootout in a Dec. 13 contest against the Golden Knights in Vegas. Carolina has no chance at a playoff spot, but a Ward win could at least give the cross-conference foe a nervous feeling as the Lightning prepare for the playoffs. It won't be an easy task as Tampa Bay still leads the league offensively, though it won't have star pivot Steven Stamkos (lower body) firing pucks at Ward.

Cam Ward
G CHI
6 months ago

Ward made 18 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night.

EDGE Analysis

The loss snapped Ward's three-game winning streak, although those wins were against the lowly Senators and Coyotes. Ward is 22-14-4 this season.

Cam Ward
G CHI
6 months ago

Ward will defend the home net opposing the Rangers on Saturday, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ward owns a 13-16-4 record, 2.59 GAA and .918 save percentage in 34 career outings against the Rangers. Those are rather pedestrian numbers, but the Blueshirts of 2017-18 have no chance of making the playoffs, whereas Ward will try to help his club avoid a similar fate -- the Hurricanes are hanging by a thread as a loss of any kind will officially bump the team from postseason contention.

Cam Ward
G CHI
6 months ago

Contrary to a previous report that confirmed Ward as Friday's starter, Scott Darling will guard the Hurricanes' goal on the road against the Capitals, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Carolina plays again Saturday against the Rangers, so Ward will likely get the starting nod for that contest.

Cam Ward
G CHI
6 months ago

Ward will patrol the crease in Friday's road game against the Capitals.

EDGE Analysis

Ward has been on a roll recently, picking up three consecutive victories in his last three starts. He'll look to stay sharp and earn his 23rd win of the campaign in a tough road matchup with a red-hot Capitals club that's gone 9-1-0 in its last 10 games.

Cam Ward
G CHI
6 months ago

Ward will tend the twine for Monday's clash with Ottawa, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ward registered wins in his previous two outings, despite posting a .899 save percentage. Technically still in the Wild Card hunt, it would take a herculean effort by the netminder and his teammates to track down the Devils for the final spot. With Scott Darling locked in for three more years at $4.15 million, the veteran Ward is likely auditioning for his next team in these closing appearances of the 2017-18 season.