The Carolina Hurricanes didn’t have enough goaltenders to ice an actual NHL team a month ago after losing Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin to injuries in a hasty manner. With the latter poised to return from injury and the former already back in net for the ‘Canes, suddenly the team has a very different problem.
Justin Peters played pretty well after he was recalled from the AHL following the injuries to both the No. 1 and No. 2 goalies, but he’d have to clear waivers before rejoining the Charlotte Checkers in the minors. With all the teams around the NHL looking for a stopgap in net, it’s unlikely that Peters and his affordable $537,000 cap hit would last long on the wire.
That leaves general manager Jim Rutherford with a few options. He can either carry three goalies, demote Peters and run the risk of losing him for nothing, or…
Close to returning. Canes getting trade interest in both him & Peters. MT @NHLCanes Khudobin will travel with the team this week.
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) December 2, 2013
He could trade either Khudobin or Peters.
This is an interesting development for Carolina. Things haven’t gone very well for the squad this season, as Alexander Semin has failed to live up to expectations/has been injured, Jeff Skinner has failed to live up to expectations/has been injured and Jordan Staal had been cold until recently.
Could the ‘Canes move either backup option for scoring help? It’s just speculation on our part that forwards would be the target, but only the woeful Buffalo Sabres score less frequently than Carolina. It’d make sense for Rutherford to be knocking on some doors in search of scoring help, and he’s dealing from a position of strength now.
After all, no one was calling him about Peters in October, but now he has a trade asset that he can turn into something of value at the NHL level.