RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, said tonight that Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward will spend Saturday night at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, OH, to receive further treatment for an injury suffered during tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets.
Ward suffered a laceration on his leg from the skate of Columbus forward Rick Nash, as Nash passed through the crease during the first period of Carolina’s 3-2 loss to the Blue Jackets. He received stitches for the injury, but is stable and is expected to be released Sunday so that he may return to Raleigh.
We are sorry to see such a fine player get hurt. Our hopes are for a speedy recovery.
I can tell you, from experience, Riverside is a fantastic hospital. He will get top-notch medical assistance.
-Blue Jackets fans
No need to be sorry but thanks for the thoughts and info. Things like this happen.. our horrible start was an omen for something, I guess. Staal goes down and now possibly Cam. At this point Cam should just take some time to heal 100% before he tries to play again. I'm worried he had to be held overnight but I hope it's not too serious.
Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said today that goaltender Cam Ward would remain at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital another day and that the team may look to trade or sign another goaltender.
Ward suffered a laceration of the left leg in the first period of the Canes' 3-2 loss at Columbus on Saturday and was taken to Riverside Hospital.
"We'll have to see how it goes," Rutherford said today of Ward's injury and recovery time. "It appears it will be a fairly long period of time."
Rutherford said the Hurricanes are looking at different options: a trade, signing an available goaltender or calling up Justin Peters from Albany (AHL).
"We're talking over the options. We don't have an answer right now," he said.
I think this decision isn't an indictment of Justin Peters, rather the opposite. I think they're considering leaving Peters in the minors to keep his confidence in tact due to the abysmal performance of our team and keeping the train rolling in Albany to create a more conducive environment for winning. You bring in a guy like Manny Fernandez and he's not going to wilt if he has a few bad games.
I think this team values Peters more than to bring him up into this. Create stability in the AHL first and foremost, as a newly rebuilding franchise.