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Canes place Ward on IR, activate Gleason

Posted October 25, 2013

— The Carolina Hurricanes placed goaltender Cam Ward on injured reserve Friday, less than 24 hours after he suffered a lower-body injury in a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

On Friday, the Hurricanes also announced that they have activated defenseman Tim Gleason from IRa and placed Brett Bellemore (lower body) on IR in a correlating move.

Team officials said Thursday that Ward is expected to miss three to four weeks. He was injured 4:07 into the first period. Gleason has yet to appear in a game this year for the Hurricanes after suffering a concussion in a preseason game against Montreal on Sept. 21.

Backup goaltender Justin Peters closed out Thursday's loss to the Wild, and the team on Friday that they recalled Mike Murphy from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.

Murphy, 24, is 1-2-0 with a 3.81 goals-against average in 2013-14 for Charlotte. He has made two appearances with the Hurricanes, not allowing any goals in 36 minutes.

For Gleason, his next start will be his 600th in the NHL having spent eight of his 10 professional seasons in Carolina. The 30-year-old form Clawson, Mich., ranks fourth in franchise history in games played by a defenseman.

The Hurricanes return to the ice Friday evening when they visit the Colorado Avalanche (9 p.m., Fox Sports South).

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  • kheffn Oct 25, 10:35 p.m.

    Cam is far from finished, hes is still a above average goalie, staals have to step up!

    — Posted by giantfan1956

    I like Cam, but he's never been an above average goalie. His numbers, when he isn't hurt which is rare, are average. Giving up more than 3 goals per game and a save percentage of less than .900. That puts him squarely in the middle of the pack of NHL goalies and that's been true for years. If you have evidence to the contrary, please provide it.

  • giantfan1956 Oct 25, 8:50 p.m.

    Cam is far from finished, hes is still a above average goalie, staals have to step up!

  • jscott13 Oct 25, 5:56 p.m.

    Yes, he wasn't touched and didn't even fall awkwardly. Either he's not in shape or not cut out to be a goalie. Either way, he needs to be replaced...too much money for someone who is always hurt. Too bad because he's a good guy.

  • juniorsk831 Oct 25, 4:52 p.m.

    any goalies that have retired worth looking at?

  • busyb97 Oct 25, 2:54 p.m.

    What exactly happened to him?

    — Posted by luvbailey

    It LOOKED like a groin injury...he stretched weird to stop a puck, and then just crumpled. No one touched him.

    But it does seem 'de ja vu' with our two goalies out. Tough breaks again!! Peters has some work to do, hopefully the lines will back him up though! It can't be all up to the goalie...he's the last line of defense, not the first.

    Just hoping K comes back soon.

  • Wags Oct 25, 2:05 p.m.

    sigh!

  • rlewis2 Oct 25, 1:45 p.m.

    Has fallen apart like Humpty Dumpty since he decided to lose over (20) pounds several years ago. He doesn't have the frame for an elite NHL goalie, much less the game any more. Another example of a Rutherford loyalty move gone bad.......

  • luvbailey Oct 25, 12:38 p.m.

    What exactly happened to him?

  • McLovin Oct 25, 12:14 p.m.

    there goes the season - any time Ward gets injured, the Canes take a big fall. Hopefully Peters and Murphy can step up big time in his place.

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