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Canes Country Jun 20, 2016

Random Musings After Vacation

Thoughts about the return of Cam Ward to Carolina's crease. Last week was a busy one for the Carolina Hurricanes. They signed Finnish youngsters Sebastion Aho and Aleksi Saarela to entry level deals.  Derek Ryan was re-signed for another season.  They also acquired Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen from Chicago for two draft picks.  For a moment, Ron Francis was looking like a genius and excitement for the season was percolating. Then on Thursday, they announced a two-year contract extension for Cam Ward.  Just speaking for myself,  to be honest the good vibrations I had from the...
Artic Ice Hockey Jun 16, 2016

What Cam Ward's extension has to do with the Winnipeg Jets

In case you missed it, the Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to a two-year extension with longtime goaltender and pending UFA Cam Ward: [NEWS] #Canes Sign Cam Ward to Two-Year Extension → Details: https://t.co/9gZOv2erZQ pic.twitter.com/kjiV6sQohW — Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) June 16, 2016 It was a curious move considering Ward's body of work, especially of late.  Yes, he does have a Stanley Cup to his name. But that moment of triumph is now a decade old, while Ward is coming off a season where his overall save percentage was tied with Karri Ramo. Among the 58 goaltenders who...
Canes Country Jun 16, 2016

Carolina Hurricanes sign Cam Ward to two-year extension

And...go. Cam Ward is going to be a Carolina Hurricane to start next season. The team signed its all-time leader in every major goaltending category to a two-year contract on Thursday with an average annual value of $3.3 million. I mean...all you really need is the details here, a poll to vote in, and the commenters will do the rest, right? Here’s the press release. Poll Did the Canes make the right move in extending Cam Wards contract? Yes, he is worth the coat Yes, but they spent too much money No, but its understandable given the...
Canes Country Jun 15, 2016

Goaltending Around The League

The difference between playoff and non-playoff goaltending - what does it take to make the postseason? Ron Francis recently made the statement that he was close to making a decision about whether to re-sign Cam Ward.  Now seems a good time to take a glimpse at goaltending around the league and try to make comparisons. How did the Hurricanes' goaltending stand up to the rest of the league last year? The chart below shows the regular season save percentages of the goalies and teams that made the playoffs versus the ones who did not.  Once again, I am using save percentage as a measuring...

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