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January 15, 2014 | 11:53am ET
Ward's final season in Raleigh?
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Carolina Hurricanes have been lucky enough to receive solid goaltending from all three of their netminders this season, but the crease remains an area the team plans on addressing.

The Hurricanes have been battling for consistency all season, as they attempt to make their way into post-season play.

Now just four points back of a playoff spot, the Hurricanes were in a minor panic at the start of the season when goalie Cam Ward when down with an injury. However, goalies Justin Peters and Anton Khudobin have stepped up significantly this season.

Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford planned on addressing his goalie-tripod, but injuries to Khudobin and Ward, again, have kept the three netminders together.

It has been widely speculated that either Peters or Khudobin would be on the move, but multiple sources, including one close to the team, have told TFP that another option has presented itself.

Ward, 29, is in the fourth-year of a six-year, $37.8 million contract. His deal includes a no-trade clause.

Though nothing is imminent, the belief is that Ward would be open to the idea of a change of scenery, having spent the first eight years of his career with the Canes.

The 2005-06 Playoffs' MVP would have a say in where he ends up, if a trade is made, but there are outside factors the Hurricanes must take into account.

Both Khudobin and Peters are in the final year of their respective contracts and can become unrestricted free agents July 1. It's unclear if the team has started contract negotiations with either player.

According to one league source, if the Hurricanes re-sign Khudobin, whom they're high on, it would give them flexibility to explore the trade market for Ward.

A trade before the March 5 trade deadline might be difficult, but it's something the club could explore in the summer.

Meanwhile, Rutherford remains in the market for a top-six forward and would like to add one this season.

TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta contributed to this report.


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