Yeah, dude. I cover the NHL for a living. I watch TONS of Hurricanes games, like for instance the two times they've played the Bruins this season. It's not my fault that casual southern fans like yourself don't understand the nuances of the game.
Ward is just in a bad situation in Carolina. Poor Ward, being placed on waivers because he played like an ECHL pylon for two months. What a slap in the face.
... well, yeah... compared to Erik Cole and his buddy Scott Walker... you know the guys who love to stay on IR at least 70 games during the season.
Erik Cole sure is setting up shop on IR, isn't he? Closing in on seven weeks for a projected 2-3 week injury? If Pitkanen did that we'd hear "Pitkanen is injury prone TRAED HIM" or "Pitkanen is milking his injury TRADE HIM." But since it's Gritty North American Veteran Cole nobody says a word.
Well... speaking seriously... Cole is on IR 'cause he is hurt.... he'd play if he could..
Unfortunately, i have a bad feeling that he might spend the rest of his career being hurt more than being healthy.