An unfortunate event happened to the Carolina Hurricanes last night vs Florida. Star goalie Cam Ward was injured, and has been diagnosed with a third degree MCL sprain. He will be out for 6-8 weeks, which is basically the rest of the regular season.
Dan Ellis was supposed to start, but was sick, so Ward ended up playing. Ellis took the incident personally, feeling responsible for Ward’s injury.
Justin Peters, who has a 2.29 GAA and a .921 save % for the Charlotte Checkers, was called up on an emergency basis. In the new CBA, an emergency call up will let a GM send a player with a one-way contract back down without going through waivers if he dresses for less than 10 games. With Ward being out the rest of the season, Peters will be dressing for more than 10 games, though, so it doesn’t matter in this case. I imagine Peters will be kept up in the NHL for the rest of the season, being used as a scratch when Ward returns, to avoid the risk of losing him.
Hopefully Peters and Ellis can carry this team in Ward’s absence. I believe the Hurricanes will pull though and remain on top of the Southeast division, though.
As a follow up, Florida goalieJose Theodore was injured early in the first game of the back to back, home at home series between the hurricanes and Panthers. He is out 5-6 weeks with a torn groin.