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Ward assigned to Checkers for conditioning stint

Posted January 30

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) snags a big shot. Carolina Hurricanes host Washington Capitals after a 5 day break. The Capitols came out strong and defeated the Hurricanes by a score of 4 to 2. Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin scores his 400th career goal in the Washington victory. (CHRIS BAIRD / WRAL contributor)

After practicing with the team Thursday for the first time in 2014, goaltender Cam Ward is headed to the Charlotte Checkers for a conditioning stint. Officially off of injured reserve, Ward will join the Checkers in Cleveland as they face the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Ward has been out since New Years Eve with a lower body concern, missing the past 13 games. The Hurricanes have been playing their best hockey in January and the veteran goalie doesn’t want to get back into form at the expense of his teammates.

“I don’t want to hurt the team by stepping in there and trying to feel my way back in, we’ll go over some options and whether that is to get a game in Charlotte to get into a game situations so they just don’t throw me out there and they can be a little more confident throwing me in the net," Ward said.

 

Practice for most pro athletes is a grind, but Ward was happy to be back on the ice with his teammates.

“It was real good, unfortunately with the schedule there aren’t a whole lot of practices right now," said Ward. "So it has been difficult for me to get into one. Today to be able to get out there with the boys it was a lot of fun.”

Ward has only appeared in 19 games this season and looked like a player ready to get back on the ice with his team, making saves in special teams work and in shootout drills, taking as many shots as possible.

“I felt like I was moving real well. I had my timing down for being away from the game for a little while, so real big positive today," Ward said.

Head coach Kirk Muller feels that Ward can use the game work in the AHL to sharpen his skills.

“The opportunity to go down there and play will get him in a good mindset, the biggest thing is health wise that he can get through a game and he feels good and feels comfortable and that where we are at right now and just take it day by day,” Muller said.

 

Pat Dwyer was back at practice on a line with Manny Malhotra and Nathan Gerbe, the winger Dwyer had been absent from action since Jan. 22 in Philadelphia, where he left the game after blocking a shot.

“I’m doing good," Dwyer said. "You know it was one of those things that was an over-time injury where it slowly built up and built up and built up until it was unplayable.”

Dwyer said while missing games is not something a player ever wants to do, the time off was beneficial.

 

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  • jscott13 Jan 31, 3:43 p.m.

    He wasn't thinking.

  • wlcat609 Jan 31, 2:04 p.m.

    Regarding the playoffs - with Khudobin - some ch.ance; with Ward after Checker stint - no chance.

    Wish I could make 6.3 million for just 19 games plus any he plays after his return - and to think Cam has two more years left on his contract at the same dollar amount! What was JR thinking?

  • thomasew Jan 31, 11:54 a.m.

    Khudobin has performed a lot better than the others. Seems like it would be disruptive to the team and its playoff hopes, and a bad decision to change goalies at this point in the season.

  • finz2drght Jan 31, 10:25 a.m.

    Khudobin has been a better goalie this season. I don't think Cam has played well at all - even before the injury. The first time I saw Khudobin play I thought -- Cam better watch out - he may become the back-up. I hope some time with the Checkers can allow Cam to get back to his "A" game.

  • michaelkarr Jan 31, 8:15 a.m.

    who cares about this bunch of losers...Go back to Hatford (that's New England talk for you... View More

    — Posted by 123skipjack

    If you don't care, then why are you even reading the articles? Go back up north yourself!

    And I believe Ward had to agree to the conditioning sting in Charlotte, just like Khudobin had to when he came back.

  • 123skipjack Jan 30, 9:11 p.m.

    who cares about this bunch of losers...Go back to Hatford (that's New England talk for you southern rdnecks).

  • 43 forever Jan 30, 7:51 p.m.

    Leave him in Charlotte, Not right to push dobby and peters out of the way

  • jscott13 Jan 30, 3:00 p.m.

    With all the talk about Ward's contract, I was under the impression that they weren't able to reassign him to the Checkers. I agree that Khudobin is playing too well to pull him in favor of Ward. That would be ridiculous at this point.

  • Gunnstigator Jan 30, 2:26 p.m.

    Like Ward and wish the best for him in his recovery, but I hate to see Khudobon take a back seat when he's playing so well.

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