Cam Ward G CAR 2 days ago
Ward made his season debut Tuesday, stopping 48 of 51 shots in a win over Edmonton.
Newcomer Scott Darling hasn't really impressed in the early goings, so this was Ward's chance to make a statement and he took full advantage. The veteran put up a lackluster .905 save percentage in a whopping 61 appearances last season and is known for being inconsistent. Darling is expected to turn into the go-to-guy in Carolina, so it's hard to remain optimistic about Ward's fantasy value. This was a fantastic debut, however, so if the team continues to ride Ward and he remains hot, the 33-year-old could be worth inserting into your lineup.
Cam Ward G CAR 3 days ago
Ward will make his season debut Tuesday when the Hurricanes take on the Oilers, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Ward was forced out of his perennial starting role with Carolina upon the arrival of Scott Darling during the offseason, though the latter has not faired so well thus far -- Darling has allowed eight goals and has notched only one win in his first three starts of the campaign. Ward will have an excellent opportunity to reestablish himself, but he will need to be in top form against the phenomenal Connor McDavid and the rest of the Oilers' potent offense.
Cam Ward G CAR 3 weeks ago
Ward will start in goal for Wednesday night's preseason contest against the Oilers, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Ward will have another opportunity to push Scott Darling for the starting job after allowing just one goal on 24 shots in Saturday's win over the Capitals. The Carolina goalie situation is a bit murky at the moment, but whoever becomes the starter should be set up for success with a resurgent Hurricanes team poised to make some noise this season.
Cam Ward G CAR 1 month ago
Ward will be in the blue paint for Wednesday's preseason contest against Tampa Bay, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Wednesday will be Ward's first game-action this season, coming in the second of back-to-back games against the Bolts. At the moment, Ward is set to enter the campaign as Scott Darling's backup, but it's not unreasonable to think that he could play his way into the starting role or a 1A-1B situation with Darling -- making him a potential steal in fantasy leagues.
Cam Ward G CAR 1 month ago
Ward will start Monday's preseason tilt against Buffalo, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
The 2006 Conn Smythe Trophy winner is entering what will be his first NHL season as the undoubted No. 2 goaltender for the Hurricanes. Ward will likely play the first-half of Monday's game before Jeremy Smith -- who projects to be the organization's No. 1 goalie at the AHL level -- is given a chance to impress in the cage.
Cam Ward G CAR 2 months ago
Ward is accepting of his role as Scott Darling's backup for the Hurricanes, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Spoken like a true professional, Ward supports the team's decision to acquire Darling -- he's on the books for four years, $16.6 million -- adding that he would "assist Darling any way he can, with the goal of making the Canes a playoff team again." While this promises to be an adjustment for Ward given that he'd been Carolina's No 1 netminder since the 2006-07 Stanley Cup-winning season, the Alberta native can take pride in the fact that he ranks 33rd all-time with 295 wins and is a beloved figure in Raleigh having spent all 12 years of his career there. Ward is coming off an underwhelming campaign in which he posted a 26-22-12 record, 2.68 GAA and .905 save percentage, and getting relegated to backup duty further squashes his fantasy value. As a result, he may even go undrafted in leagues with shallow rosters.
Cam Ward G CAR 4 months ago
Ward was not protected by the Hurricanes in advance of the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, theScore reports.
Carolina decided not to protect Ward or Eddie Lack, which is hardly a surprise after seeing Scott Darling acquired from the Blackhawks in late April and subsequently signed to a four-year, $16.6 million deal. In a figurative sense, the Hurricanes may forever be indebted to Ward after the netminder guided the franchise to its first and only Stanley Cup in 2006, not to mention that he's stuck with them for 12 seasons. Ward is somewhat affordable at $3.3 million and one year remaining on his contract, but he's far past his prime with a 2.69 GAA and .905 save percentage unlikely to have led many fantasy owners to a title this year.
Cam Ward G CAR 6 months ago
Ward stopped 35 of 39 shots in Saturday's shootout loss to the Blues.
Ward came up with a few big saves during regulation and overtime, but ultimately couldn't stop Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko in the shootout. The 33-year-old has had a rocky season and has given up nine goals in his last two outings. Ward turned in some strong showings this year, but his inconsistent play and .905 save percentage left lots to be desired for fantasy goers.
Cam Ward G CAR 6 months ago
Ward will be the home starter Saturday against the Blues.
After a few good starts in a row, Ward allowed five goals in his last start. In his last 10 games, he has a 2.78 GAA and a .911 save percentage, and on the season Ward has posted a .906 save percentage.
Cam Ward G CAR 7 months ago
Ward allowed five goals on 36 shots in Tuesday's 5-3 loss against the Wild.
Ward's worst outing in months came at an inopportune time, as the Hurricanes basically needed to win out if they wanted to stay alive for a spot in the postseason. To make matters worse the loss came at the hands of former captain Eric Staal who chipped in with a pair of assists and a plus-3 rating.